In 1996, a college student named Junya Ota, made a PC-98 game called Highly Responsive to Prayers. In the following two years, he launched four series of Touhou games, but none of them got attention at that time.
In 2002, Mr. Ota created a one-member organization Team Shanghai Alice, rewrote the story of Gensokyo and launched the sixth official game of Touhou Project, also the first game for the Windows operating system – Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. Since then, Touhou Project has become more and more popular.
On the one hand, Mr. Ota acknowledged, appreciated, and even encouraged Touhou derivative works, which creates a miracle of fan works. On the other hand, he keeps his high yield, independently producing the stories, graphics, music and programming of all the shooting games, which can be regarded as another miracle.
He likes drinking beer.
He refers to himself as the Hakurei Kannushi, or the head priest of the Hakurei Shrine.
He uses the nickname “ZUN” since it is a short form of his real name and in the arcade, most games had a three-letter limit for the names to be input on the high score screen.