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Takatsu is an acclaimed writer of contemporary literary fiction, featured Wattpad author, kickstarter of the Literary Fiction Network, poet, philosopher, musician and Literature student based in Toronto. In 2008, he pioneered the “cell phone novel”, a Japanese youth cultural and literary phenomenon of serialized minimalistic poetic narrative (averaging 100 words per chapter) in the English speaking world, marking a moment in history, and organized the forefront of an online writing community (Textnovel). “Secondhand Memories” – which won Editor’s and Reader’s Choice awards, accumulated 60,000 unique views and thousands of readers, featured on various sites and placed as comprehension exercises in an English textbook in Japan – is much anticipated by fans internationally to be released in print by Sakura Publishing on Valentine’s 2015.
His more recent work includes “Move”, (2013, CPN, Textnovel) a sentimental journey of a struggling musician, and his flagship landmark novel, “Espresso Love” (2014), an ambitious dystopian magical-realism literary prose novel and a journey of spiritual awakening which satirizes and challenges the philosophy of subjective perception, socio-political system, digital landscape, capitalist mechanism and consumer culture, that surpassed a readership of 800,000 in eight months, is reviewed by professors, published authors and young readers alike.
Aside from writing, the author teaches writing and fine arts part-time, as well as coordinating and collaborating on local events, online initiatives, multimedia projects with artists, illustrators, musicians, film directors and more. He is influenced by writers such as Haruki Murakami, Ernest Hemingway, Banana Yoshimoto, George Orwell, Don DeLillo, Franz Kafka, Raymond Carver and the ideas of Emerson, Mumford, Baudrillard, Jung, Freud, Hegel, Berkeley, and Marx.
“Takatsu is a fascinating writer, musician and illustrator and is at the forefront of transmedia storytelling.” – Rowena Wiseman, Author of “Searching for Von Honningsbergs”, “Exit Stage Left”, “Bequest”, “Silver”.
“Amazing how well you implement the first-person point of view… Hackneyed and cliche, some have said, but there’s just something about good writers and first person novels. You are definitely in one of them. Your voice really comes through. Some people will disagree and say, ‘Well of course. He’s writing in first person. It’s suppose to engage you in such a way.’ But I would have to say that not all first-person novels come through as clean as yours does. Simply amazing.” comments Diogenes Marx, a literary critic on Textnovel.
On “Espresso Love“:
“Offers acute, almost painful observations of the minutiae of life, if life took place in a Murakami snow-globe.”
– Review on IndieReader Insiders
“Like a seven course meal full of spice and illumination… One does not listen to a classical piece to get to its ending. No. It is the ride, the moment by moment…a genuine Masamune among stories.”
– Textnovel author
“An interesting ‘vapoury’ style that seems to hover off world at times. …atmosphere and dialogue are strong…shows assurance and poise. Also very promising in suggestions. …Author’s intent to invoke/evoke mystery is very effective…haunting and strange (which is good); intelligence present on page…some sense of terror in the core here… You’re on to something different, striking.”
– B.W. Powe, Associate Professor, Dept of English, York University and author of “A Tremendous Canada of Light”, “A Climate Charged”, “Outage”, “The Unsaid Passing”, and “Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy”
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Takatsu as a Musician
Takatsu who enjoys writing j-pop, pop rock / pop punk and acoustic music in Japanese and English, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. With his heart left in Japan, he aspires to return to Tokyo one day.
He believes that music can change the world, one tune at a time. Music has always inspired him and he believes it is truly something that transcends all languages, becoming the language of the heart and soul. Having been inspired by music, he wishes to do the same for others.
In 2011, after the tsunami in Japan as a way to send a message of encouragement and hope to his friends and family and all who were affected by the disaster he wrote his first Japanese language song 明日の夢 or Ashita no Yume which means Tomorrow’s Dream. The following year he decided to fully produce the song and expand its influence to be shared amongst all who pursue dreams. Shortly after it sparked the creation of his first album, the Aozora EP officially released on March 29th, 2012. Since then, because of online fans around the globe, the EP has reached cities all over the world as well as passed on in person in Tokyo to artists and top producers from Sony Music Japan.
He continues to perform and pursue music in both Tokyo and Toronto.