Takuji Ichikawa

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Takuji Ichikawa

Takuji Ichikawa 市川拓司

Takuji Ichikawa (1962–)  was born in Tokyo. He says the impetus to try his hand at fiction arose when he became a father after marrying at 27. He began publishing stories on the Internet in 1997 to favorable reviews, and Separation, his first book of stories, appeared in 2002. His 2003 novel Ima ai ni yukimasu (Be with You) was adapted to film and became a million-seller, thrusting him into the limelight as a writer of love stories with an element of mystery. Ian McEwan and John Irving are among his favorite writers, he says, and their influence can be seen in his works. Among his other titles are the novel Ren'ai shashin (Love's Photographs), the story collection Sekaiju ga ame dattara (If It Were Raining All Over the World), the collection Boku no te wa kimi no tame ni (This Hand Exists for You), and the novel Konnanimo yasashii, sekai no owari-kata (Such a Gentle Ending of the World).

Books by Takuji Ichikawa
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    Such a Gentle Ending of the World

    This is a love story that unfolds as the world appears to be coming to an end. Yuu Yoshizawa and Yukino Shirakawa originally met as socially inept middle-schoolers, awkward with others but comfortable in each other’s company. Then Yukino had to move awa …

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    This Hand Exists for You

    This volume contains three mid-length and shorter works by an author regarded as one of the standard bearers of the contemporary love story in Japan. In each case, her struggling characters are disengaged from the usual social jockeying and desires, their …

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