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taka2Takatsu is an acclaimed writer of contemporary literary fiction, featured 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 600,000 in six 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.

taka-480x595 (1)"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"

For more "Espresso Love" reviews

See his Current Writing Projects

  WHAT ARE CELL PHONE NOVELS?

The CELL PHONE NOVEL is a literary style, genre, movement, fusing a short poetic format (approx. 100 word pages) with prose narration, originating from Japan, now in the West for the past 6 years. textnovel.com

Intro to Cell Phone Novels Interview/Documentary is here!

Intro to Cell Phone Novels Documentary and Interview. All the info you need about what cell phone novels are, the history of where it comes from and how it started in North America, English cell phone novel literature style, Secondhand Memories, Textnovel, eMobo and more!

PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE this compiled comprehensive source of cell phone novel knowledge and guidance! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIGTcth-kZ4



  多くの人々から親しまれている作家、タカツ(高津)。彼は日本で始まった「携帯小説」を欧米文化に紹介した張本人にして、カナダの都市、トロント、に住んでいる英文学の大学生です。六年前の2008年、彼は世界初の英語「携帯小説」を書き、その新たなジャンルをネット上に紹介し、コミュニティーを築き、数々の若者達を読者・作者の道へ導いてきました。彼の最新の作品「エスプレッソラブ」は東京都で繰り広げられる、現代社会の社会政治的なシステムに対抗し、新たな世界観を作り出す挑戦の旅の物語を描く小説です。この作品は五ヶ月以内で、ネット上での読まれた回数が50万回を超え、教授や名のある作家をも、読まれたそうです。

彼が大きく影響を受けている人物ら:村上春樹、ヘミングウェイ、よしもとばなな、オーウェル、ドン・デリーロ、フランツ・カフカ、レイモンド・カーヴァー、エマーソン、マンフォード、ボードリヤール、ユング、フロイト、バークリー、マルクス、など。

 


  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.

Check out his Youtube or his CD at Bandcamp

Favorite Author(s)
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murakami haruki, yoshimoto banana, don delillo, ernest hemingway, franz kafka, t.s. eliot, william carlos williams, basho, chiyo, haiku poets, various japanese cell phone novelists
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the wind up bird chronicle, kafka on the shore, sputnik sweetheart, wild sheep chase, the lake, the trial, the road, moshimo kimi ga, goodbye tsugumi, norwegian wood, finnegan's wake, waiting for godot, the trial, harry potter, number9dream, angels & demons, hana kimi, hellsing, honey & clover, tsubasa, one piece, many other assorted selections
Stories on Textnovel by this Author
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Secondhand Memories 「むかしのおもいで」   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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Official Anime-style Trailer PV on p.1! http://secondhandmemories.net >> The pioneer English cell phone novel is finally published in print and released as a massive 6" x 9" 558 page paperback with ...More
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Espresso Love: A Novel   DYSTOPIAN
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COMPLETE [Dystopia / Philosophy / Magical-Realism / Literary / Romance] In Tokyo, Japan, where identity, thoughts, memories and emotions decay, a strange clairvoyant and a literature student ...More
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All about the cell phone novel movement in North America, where it started, what it truly is, what defines a cell phone novel and what is in store for the future. From takatsu, first cell phone ...More
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Sekai no owari. The end of the world. The story of the apocalypse through a Japanese high school student's eyes. The final days are counting down. A story of what's truly important in life and how ...More
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Move「旅」(A Journey of Music)   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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[ Semi-Autobiography / Philosophical / Slice of Life ] The life of a struggling musician in a cruel world with no room for dreams. // I realized I had to come to terms with some of the things ...More
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Wish Upon A Call   YOUNG ADULT
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「 Thanks for all the support! 」 A story of phone conversations between an ordinary university ...More
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The Fringe of District 24 「二十四丁目の周辺」   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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[Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Philosophical] - Big Developments ~ What lies outside of The Fringe? No one has ever made it to the edge of the "World" - or made it back to tell the story. For ...More
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Secondhand Memories - the Extras Collection   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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From the Author of award-winning Secondhand Memories comes the Extras and Behind the Scenes! These are spin-off chapters that feature the same characters in random scenarios. Other writings include ...More
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A Well Lighted Place   POETRY
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A collection of poetry. A view of the world. My first stab at something like this. Poetry of all sorts. Just whatever is off the top of my head! Inspired by all the poetry we've been ...More
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Valermos   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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[ First stab at a Fantasy/Sci-fi Cell phone novel saga :D ] Everything eventually comes to an end. Caught between the crossfire of "Heaven" and "Hell", the world's final days are near. The final stand ...More
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Multicoloured Syndrome   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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[An-Anything-Goes Cell Phone Novel] A weird colorful world of eccentric random fun where our worst nightmares and our most bizarre daydreams come true.. Story of a life painted over in an array of ...More
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When The Storm Ends   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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From the award-winning first cell phone novelist of North America comes a dark novel of life and death. [ Under the night sky, some operate in the shadows. Never seeing the sunlight. But even ...More
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A Journey on the Bus & Selected Writings   OTHER
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Selected Writings, mostly inspired from twitter posts, which serves as my stream of consciousness container. First writing: a journey on the bus. Perhaps, there is more to a bus ride than what it ...More
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Itsumo Arigatou   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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An experimental INSTAGRAM NOVEL (InstaNovel), a tale told in pictures and words, comes to you from takatsu, award-winning pioneer cell phone novelist. Follow updates on Instagram (or here for slower ...More
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Secondhand Memories: Book Two   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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** FIRST & MOST POPULAR AWARD-WINNING CELL PHONE NOVEL IN NORTH AMERICA! ** BOOK TWO IN PROGRESS!! BOOK ONE COMPLETE AND EDITING! Summer meant no cares in the world. Summer meant happiness. ...More
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流れ星の夜   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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[ Romance / Slice of Life / Sci-fi ] *Theme Song + Japanese Lesson added* Japanese ケータイ小説 ...More
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Harbringer's Child   FANTASY
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[ High Fantasy / Adventure / Action ] Two hundred years have passed since the defeat of the Necromancer Lich King and his accursed Kryssalic Empire. However darkness stirs afoot from the roots of the ...More
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「あの流れ星の夜」 The Evening of Shooting Stars   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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[ Romance / Underworld / Philosophical ] (A venture into the sex, drugs, alcohol genre) Do you remember that midsummer's night sky? I can't forget about you. Even now, when everything has ...More
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Deliciously Colorful Bag of Crumbs (Collection of Shorts)   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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The most eccentric strangest surrealistic grammatically incorrect stories put into a blender and left in a bag to rot before making its away onto TN for your reading pleasure. No this isn't how I ...More
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Memoir of the Sky   FANTASY
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[ Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Poetic Prose ] Beneath the wings of airborne city sanctum, Marias Key, all seemed tranquil and unperturbed by the rumors of war brewing the distant lands. Yet, doom is closer ...More
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The Elephant Girl and Other Short Stories   LITERARY
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A collection of thoughtful and enigmatic literary short stories by Takatsu dealing with themes of the self and identity, life, death, the world around, moving between metaphysical abstract mysticism ...More
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A collection of poetry for the Soul, for the Spirit, of the Cosmos, and of the Universal, of the Divine and our Consciousness, of a Friend and a Lover, to open a window in the heart and set ourselves ...More
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The Emoticon Novel Movement   HUMOR
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Another New Revolutionary Form of Storytelling from Takatsu. "Ingenious way of communication, surely the next big thing to hit literature." - New York Times ...More
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Takatsu's compilation of his personal philosophies, and a school of thought he will dub "Transcendence". ...More
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