Award-winning author, musician, designer. Literary Fiction, Philosophy, Cell Phone Novels, Poetry, Art, Photography, Design
[ Dystopian / Philosophical / Psychological / Literary / Magical-Realism ]
In Tokyo, Japan, where identity, thoughts, memories and emotions decay, a strange clairvoyant and a literature student embark on a paranoiac escape against Kafkaesque system, oppression, mindless agents, civil unrest and reality itself, in a mind-blowing soul-searching journey for love, for what had been long lost and what it means to be human. Yet all that remains is a peculiar coffee shop order.
The literary novel examines the human condition, subjective perception, our socio-political system, capitalist mechanism and consumer culture, incorporating philosophy, surrealist dreamscapes, cosmic visions, circular symbolism and shifting parallel realities, with profound discussions of coffee, art, literature and music.
“System is Everything.”
Espresso Love has gained over 1 million reads, Wattys Award 2014 winner, ranked #1 in Science Fiction and #3 in Spiritual categories out of over 100 million stories, and featured on Wattpad, IndieReader, DIG on USA TV campaigns, and various sites.
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[ Literary / Philosophy / Poetry / Art / Photography ]
“[His pieces] have a timeless quality, little legends or fables that enlighten or explain a philosophy of life, a zen moment… [they] touch on an innate mystery of things that your stories allow one to see.” – Patricia Keeney, Professor of Creative Writing at York University, Award-winning Poet, Critic, Author of One Man Dancing
From the award-winning trailblazer of English cell phone novels, online literature and transmedia storytelling comes an unconventional postmodern collection of fragments, moments, imaginings containing thought-provoking and enigmatic short stories, poetry, essay, excerpts, aphorisms, photography, typography, design and artwork.
His work paints surreal visions and explores philosophical themes of the human condition and spirituality, subjective perception and the nature of reality, the system and the cosmos through strange conversations, umbrellas, a talking bird, a girl with a top hat, grandfather clocks, transfigured stones, a missing archaeologist, bowls of rice, a man with twelve toes, and more.
The book features the award-winning transcendental “The Elephant Girl”, a heartbreaking “Sometimes I Think You Can't Hear Me”, the magical fable “By The River” and political essay “It's Pouring, Bring Two Umbrellas”.
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Published by Inspiritus Press
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[ Young Adult / Slice of Life / Romance / Tragedy / CPN ]
Seiji and Aoi have been inseparable childhood friends and eventually, high school sweethearts. Believing in naive dreams and love, all seems well until a tragedy separates them with a chasm of frozen time. As one struggles with the aftermath, the world moves on, while the other remains still.
Battered by temptation and the pressure to grow up, he discovers that life is more complicated than he thought – and that the heart and mind is quite vulnerable to change. Secondhand Memories is an emotional coming-of-age story: a journey about the meaning of growing up, love, loss and sacrifice.
Originally serialized online in 2008, Secondhand Memories pioneered the Japanese cell phone novel phenomenon in the English-speaking world, marking a moment in history of a new literary movement among thousands of young writers and readers globally. The remarkably unique fusion of simple haiku-like poetic technique and prose narrative has re-envisioned technology, youth culture, community and literature.
After six years of memories and history-in-the-making, the highly-anticipated and beloved novel was officially released on February 14th, Valentine's Day, 2015 as ebook and a massive 6″ x 9″ 558-page paperback print book with stunning anime cover illustrations, interior formatting and graphic design, due to popular demand!
Visit the Official Site for News, Synopsis, Excerpts, Characters, Store, Pre-Orders, Free Downloads, and more. Video blog special, the book, smartphone cases, coffee mugs, wall clocks, pillows, tote bags, laptop and iPad skins, t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies and more available in the store. More multimedia productions coming soon.
Published by Sakura Publishing
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[Interstellar Sci-fi / Literary / Philosophy / Mysticism]
After decades of struggling, the broken last of humanity barely escapes an inexplicable cataclysmic threat and wanders in the darkness of space for blind hope and a desolate future. They eventually find themselves on a journey for ancient wisdom, long forgotten civilizations and a mythical planet called Earth, yet the cycle of endless oppression, destruction and fear is in pursuit. And in the end, perhaps there remains nothing, not time, not memories, not history, not even a planet.
Takatsu's approach on the well traversed theme is a haunting literary and deeply metaphysical experience where the interstellar novel's grim and traumatized characters search the cosmos for answers to the greater age old questions on spirituality, the human condition, mortality, history, myth, esoteric traditions, transcendence, higher dimensions and our place in the stars.
This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best.
Night, sleep, death and the stars.
– Walt Whitman
“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.”
"[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 ... A great glimpse into what the future of the written word—and art as a whole—can be."
“‘Vapoury’ style that seems to hover off world at times... haunting and strange (which is good)…You’re on to something different, striking.”
“Struck me to the very core of my being…”
“Very interesting concept of reality… Thought provoking..” “You write with a purpose… I can’t even articulate how thrilled I am…like someone who hasn’t had sex in a long time, and they do, and then they start crying.” "It’s not a regular thing to find a piece of work that oozes sophistication and embodies literature and art"
“Takatsu is a fascinating writer, musician and illustrator and is at the forefront of transmedia storytelling.”
"We have a writer interested in the collective unconscious… [the] world Takatsu has created opens to the conflict of deeper awareness of another, the draw of another."