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authorphotoTakatsu, known as a passionate trailblazer of online literature and transmedia storytelling, is an award-winning writer of literary fiction, featured Wattpad author of 20,000 followers, poet, philosopher, musician, designer, guest speaker and Literature student from Toronto.


In 2008, through coming-of-age story, 2009 Textnovel Reader's Choice and Editor's Choice Award-winning “Secondhand Memories”, (Sakura Publishing 2015), he pioneered the Japanese “cell phone novel” phenomenon in the English-speaking world, marking a new online literary movement globally with a remarkably unique serialized fusion of haiku-like poetic technique, visual text flow, and micro-prose storytelling. In 2014, his critically acclaimed dystopian magical realism philosophical literary novel, “Espresso Love” (2014) 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 1 million 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 short stories, poetry, essay, aphorism, artwork, design and photography will be published in 2016 by Inspiritus Press. On Wattpad, he currently serializes a new literary sci-fi novel, "Harbinger's Child", depicting the last of post-apocalyptic humanity on an interstellar voyage searching for hope.


He continues to work with Inspiritus Press to envision a cross-disciplinary arts collective and community of avant-garde, thought-provoking, transcendental, experimental, counter culture work, championed by upbeat unconventional grassroots digital strategies, events and multimedia technology. He won York University's Stanley Fefferman Award in 2014 and the Babs Burggraf Award of $2500 for his short story "The Elephant Girl" in 2016. He is influenced by writers such as Murakami, Borges, Orwell, DeLillo, Kafka, Carver and the ideas of Mumford, Graham Hancock, Baudrillard, Jung, Wyndham Lewis, McLuhan, Hegel, and Marx.





taka5"Takatsu is a fascinating writer, musician and illustrator and is at the forefront of transmedia storytelling." - Rowena Wiseman, Author of "Searching for Von Honningsbergs", "The Replacement Wife", "Bequest", "Silver".

"[His pieces] have a timeless quality... 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.

On "Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams"

“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)"

OFCDAuthorBookOn "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. ...Author’s intent to invoke/evoke mystery is very effective…haunting and strange (which is good)...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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What are cell phone novels?   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 on Marketing and Design

He currently works as the Head of Marketing and Product Design at Tami Smart City Technologies on a series of new visionary apps that will revolutionize the concept of social media, cities, augmented reality and lifestyles. Since 2009, his work has included graphic, web, UI/UX design and marketing strategies such as social media, multimedia, event, and collaborative campaigns.

Click for resume. A portfolio website coming soon.

Takatsu on Music



Takatsu has written and produced j-pop, pop rock / pop punk and acoustic music in Japanese and English, and fluent in guitar, piano, drums and recording equipment/software. He believes that music can change the world, something that transcends all languages, the language of the heart and soul. 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 it became an anthem for all. Shortly after, he released his first self-produced album, the Aozora EP, March 29th, 2012. Since then, the EP has reached online fans in cities all over the world and during his travels and collaborations with the music industry in Tokyo, found a place in the hands of fellow musicians and producers there.

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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
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Secondhand Memories 「むかしのおもいで」   CELL PHONE NOVEL
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[The Pioneer English Cell Phone Novel] 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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「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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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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Takatsu's compilation of his personal philosophies, and a school of thought he will dub "Transcendence". ...More
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