Ask @hampe:

Are you a fan of scary movies? If so, which ones do you enjoy the most? If not, do you like being frightened in other ways (e.g. through practical jokes or by reading spooky stories?)

I'm a big fan of horror! I love the suspense and I often love the sets and designs of such movies. I'd say that J-Horror (japanese horror) is my favourite since I've seen sooooo many great ones. One of my favourites must be NOROI: THE CURSE. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A5VNsEeAMY
And yes, I like to read and listen to spooky stories too. I recently got introduced to spooky podcast "Astonishing Legends" (however it's quite not spooky at times as well, but still great!!!) by @CaycePollard.

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I like to send this question out every once in a while to see how people respond to it and if their answers have changed. :) What topics are you currently most interested in being asked here? What - if anything - do you prefer not to be asked about?

I'd love to get questions in regards to music and art! I find those two topics extremely interesting at the moment. In regards to which topics I'm not interested getting asked about I'll admit I don't really have any problems with people asking me stuff I'm non inherently interested in. Makes me think a bit more!

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If you were to give someone a tour of your hometown, where would you take them first?

I'll be honest that I'm not a huge fan of my hometown if we're talking about my birthplace, but I'd likely take them down to our river (Umeälven) on a warm summer day or to Bildmuseet during a cold winter day.
When it comes to my current city, I'm always marveled by the state church which is located here. So I'd probably take them there.

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Other than taking pictures, how do you like to spend your free time?

I like to spend my days at museums. I find both art and history extremely exciting, so I tend to search for the most interesting museums I can go to every time I visit a new city.
It's also the reason I like Tokyo so much. It's a city with a great collection of modern/contemporary art museums, history and design museums.

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Have you ever hurt someone?

Yeah, of course. If it was intentionally or not? That has varied. I've hurt a lot of friends by just being me. I'm not the most stable person and I have a tendency to think that people think want me the worst, so I often withdraw and hurt a lot of people in the process.
It's a bad habit since my primary school days. Won't get away from it.

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Do you have a lot of friends or a smaller group? And do you think it is better to have a large group of friends or a smaller tighter group?

This depends on how you see it. I know a looooot of people, more than I actually thought I would ever know once upon a time, but my main contact circle is kinda small. It's nice that way. I love all my friends, but those within the closest circle are people that mean the world to me. They're also the ones I visit and hang out with the most. (The most can be like, everyday to once every two months or so, depends.)

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Your favourite main theme music pieces? Whether anime, or not. By those I mean the pieces which share the show's name or get labelled with "MAIN THEME" in the soundtrack. I'm going with those as they signal intent on their creators' part.

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I'm going to go for the Main Theme for the Final Fantasy series. It's a composition that's instantly recognisable for someone who's sometime has been into games or played any part of the series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8IBoFIFE-E

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How do you manage to make time balancing work and play (anime / games)?

I don't :( I have these few occasions where I just force myself to watch through a whole anime these days, or play a game from start to finish in a few sittings.
MGSV so far seems like a daunting quest considering I've played way too many hours and still haven't reach 20% in total completion.

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Why are people from all over the world so fascinated by Japanese culture?

I'm not sure how you're making Japan so distinctive in your question here. Is it because I have an interest in Japan that you're putting in to a broader perspective? I can't tell you why other people find it interesting, as that would be like asking me why people all over the world are so fascinated about Sweden, France or any other country. Being fascinated about another country is normal and nothing specific to just Japan.
As to why I find Japan interesting; once upon a time it was mainly because of it's pop culture. Nowadays? I'd rather like to think it's because of the Japanese society itself. It's rather cut off from the rest off the world in some aspects, even though that seems to be changing little by little. It's rather weird how a country basically has no immigration at all (if we count out work and study visas and some marriages). Then we have all the traditions and the changing of times as the younger population gets smaller while the elderly population keeps on growing.
Japan is having a rough time in many aspects, so it's interesting to see if they'll be able to tackle it in a way that makes the Japanese society push forward, not backwards as it seems sometimes at the moment.
Should be noted; I'm no expert on Japan. I haven't lived there. I can't hold a conversation in Japanese. But I still find the country extremely fascinating.

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What originally lead you to work with buses and trains? What do you like most about your job?

It was more or less just by coincidence. I was unemployed, soon to be thrown out of my apartment if I didn't find anything. My friend told me about her job needing some extra help, so I jumped on the bandwagon and have kept working hard since then. I feel like I've been appreciated from day one because of my motivation to be a great worker.
I like the idea of influencing one of the most important parts of society today in Sweden, which is local transport. Considering how the world looks at the moment, I think it's a good thing to spend money on reinforcing transportation between cities and within the community to the extent that you never have to buy a car.
Oh, and my colleagues are for the most part fantastic. They make a huge difference when working with customer service, since support is extremely important in an environment where people can be quite offensive.

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How did you first get into photography? What do you like about it the most?

I'm not even sure anymore. I think I always have liked the idea of pictures. When I was younger I got cameras from my father and mother (single-use and simple film cameras) and I shot some with them. Later on in life I really started to experiment more and tried composing pictures in new ways. It wasn't until my 18th birthday however that I finally got the money to buy myself a DSLR.
After that it's been a ride. I've started with just going around everywhere and taking the camera with, to helping out friends with pictures for their cosplay costumes, to realising that I actually can get paid for my work. People have always been really supporting of me, and I think that support is what has made me continue. I do honestly think that I'm a really good photographer, even though I still have a lot to learn. It's all about keeping it up however and not falling into the trap of "I need to spend more money because that will make me a better photographer". People who believe that won't get anywhere.
I've always used a quote from One Hour Photo as to explain why I like photography the most, and why I think it's an important medium to carry on in our daily lives. It goes as follows:
“I’m sure my customers never think about it, but these snapshots are their little stands against the flow of Time. The shutter’s clicked, the flash goes off, and they’ve stopped Time, just for the blink of an eye. And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this:
‘I was here. I existed. I was young. I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.’ ”

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