Tamako Takamatsu

I was born in Japan, but received all of my formal education in the U.S., graduating with an Applied Piano degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

I have spent most of my adult life in Tokyo, Japan--working as an interpreter for clients as diverse as condom manufacturers to diplomats to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan. I have also spent years studying history and struggling to write a historical fiction / magic realism novel set in Japan, “The Three Arrows”.

Being isolated from an English-speaking/writing community, however, it was not until the pandemic began (and I discovered Zoom!) that I have been able to connect with writers and writing classes all over the world. Although I am working primarily on my novel, I was fortunate enough to win a short story competition (the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest 2021).

Screenplay Award Category
In 19th century Japan, three boys raised as brothers struggle to maintain their love for each other even as the encroaching West forces change, transforming their world. Driven by opposing views of the future, the three vie for control of their powerful House, causing heartbreak, betrayal and death.
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