Takatsu, known as a passionate trailblazer of online literature and transmedia storytelling, is an award-winning writer of contemporary literary fiction, featured Wattpad author of 16,000 followers, kickstarter of the Literary Fiction Network, poet, philosopher, musician and Literature student based in Toronto. In 2008, through “Secondhand Memories”, he pioneered the Japanese “cell phone novel” phenomenon in the English-speaking world, marking a moment in history of a new online literary movement among thousands of young writers and readers globally. The remarkably unique serialized fusion of simple haiku-like poetic technique, visual text flow, multimedia and micro-prose storytelling has re-envisioned technology, youth culture, community and literature. The coming-of-age story, “Secondhand Memories”, won the Textnovel Reader’s Choice Award in 2009 and was released for fans internationally in 2015 by Sakura Publishing.
His more recent work includes “Move”, (2013, CPN, Textnovel) a sentimental journey of a struggling musician, and his flagship landmark novel, “Espresso Love” (2014), a dystopian magical-realistic literary fiction journey of spiritual awakening, which satirizes and examines human nature, subjective perception, socio-political systems, digital landscape, capitalist mechanism and consumer culture. It won the Watty’s Award 2014, reached #1 in Science-Fiction, surpassed a readership of 950,000 in several months, and has been acclaimed by professors, authors and young readers alike. “Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams“, a visionary post-modern collection of literary short stories, poetry, philosophy, aphorisms, essay, drafts, design, artwork, photography and more, will be published in 2016 by Inspiritus Press.
Aside from writing, the author teaches writing and fine arts part-time, as well as guest speaking and coordinating events, online initiatives, multimedia projects with artists, illustrators, musicians, film directors and more. In 2015, he became part of Inspiritus Press, an unconventional publishing and multimedia vision focusing on cross-disciplinary art, the avant-garde and philosophy. Takatsu 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”.
“[His stories] have a timeless quality, little legends or fables that enlighten or explain a philosophy of life, a zen moment… [and] touch on an innate mystery of things that allow one to see.” – Patricia Keeney, Professor of Creative Writing, York University, Award-winning Poet, Critic, Author of “One Man Dancing” and more.
“I am awestruck at the philosophical stance of your writing. Your writing is akin to that of Murakami in its surrealist execution.” – Shane Oltingir, Wattpad Reader
“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.
“A thought provoking work that will leave the reader questioning the very existence around them… [Takatsu] always seems to be breaking the rules and combining various mediums of art… The pioneer of English Cell Phone Novels has continued to approach writing—and art as a whole—in different ways, breaking and manipulating constructs to produce work that, while still holding ties to the written word, manifests into something that defies its very foundation…A great glimpse into what the future of the written word—and art as a whole—can be.”
– C.J. Garrett, Author of “Memoirs of a Zygote (Trapped in a Human’s Body)”
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. …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…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”
See his Current Writing Projects
- 2014 Watty’s Award – Collector’s Dream Category
- 2014 York University President’s Creative Writing Awards – Stanley Fefferman Prize
- 2009 Textnovel Reader’s Choice and Finalist Award, 2009 Textnovel Editor’s Choice Award
- #1 Science Fiction, #3 Spiritual genre ranking, 900,000 reads
- Wattpad Featured, 15,000 followers
- DIG on USA TV Promotion Campaign Featured
- Interviewed on The Verge’s Small Empires TV Series
- Guest on Wattpad’s Fan Expo Digital Storytelling Panel 2015
- Guest and Host for Pages Unbound Literary Festival Transcending Print and Online Literature Workshop 2015
- Hosted 2015 Secondhand Memories Multimedia Global Book Launch @ Wind Up Bird Cafe
- Hosted 5 Wattpad Meet Up reader-writer events
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.