January 3, 2016

Island of Hawaii

Many years ago, when I was still a college student, I hitchhicked around the island of Hawaii, the biggest island among the Hawaiian Islands. I slept on the beach most nights, but one time I was in the mountain, in the middle of barren lava field. The sun was setting and the air becoming chilly to cold,  and there was no sign of human habitation. I ended up sleeping in a small lava pit, which was warm with the earth heat, and I was able to sleep through the night. 

As I was web-searching the island, I happened to find a small hotel called Manago Hotel. It looks old, retaining the feel of wooden buildings I used to see so many in my college days. It has a restaurant and frequented by the tourist as well as the locals. Further web-searching revealed that the nearby town called Kaelakekau is the birth place of Ellison Onizuka, an Japanese-American astronaut who died in the Space Shuttle desaster in 1986. 

These search results inspired something in me. I might come up with another story.

December 24, 2015

Short story award

I received this afternoon a letter informing me that my short story had won an honorable mention at Takashi Nagatsuka Literature Award. It is a nation wide contest of Japanese short story. Out of 250 submissions, 5 works were selected, and mine came into the third place.

 My short story is titled “Carol”. It is based on haiga collaboration between Carol Purington and myself, and on email correspondences between us. The story is written in Japanese, 38 pages long, and a heart warming one. This is the second time I won something for my writings, and I am happy about it. I could not have written this story if Carol and I had not become friends, for which I am very thankful.

About Takashi Nagatsuka


About Carol Purington


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