Video: 'Shotaro Makisumi dreams in cubes'
Posted February 10, 2011; 12:00 p.m.
Shotaro (“Macky”) Makisumi '12, who founded the Princeton Cube Club, realizes his dream of hosting a world-class Rubik’s Cube competition on Princeton’s campus. Read more.
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I got involved in cubing a really long time
ago. When I was nine, about, someone taught me how
to solve a Rubik's cube, and at that time
I wasn't really using any advanced method.
I probably solved it in about 2 minutes. It
was after several months that I was getting
high-20 seconds, and then I still had a long
road ahead to get down to 15 seconds.
Yeah, it took a lot of practice.
I started the Rubik's Cube club at Princeton
in 2009, and I have a couple friends now who
are speed cubers also on campus. We try to meet
every week and, usually, it is just cubing and
When I came to Princeton, I was not really
surprised to find that there was a Rubik's
Cube club here, because at that time there
were already a lot of Rubik's Cube clubs in
the colleges near where I lived. And, the
fact that Macky goes to Princeton, I knew that
he must have started a club here.
I am expecting about 100 competitors for this
event. Among the pre-registered competitors,
there is the current U.S. champion and a couple
of former and current world record holders.
There are also seven other countries, or nationalities,
represented, aside from the U.S. This competition is going
to be one of the big ones this fall on the
I have always wanted to organize a big competition.
So, I think being a student organization here
has really, really helped me to get this idea that
I had to come true.
Shirley M. Tilghman:
[laughing, clapping] Congratulations!