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Two Red Circle authors, Takuji Ichikawa and Soji Shimada, contribute to major Japanese flash fiction project

Takuji Ichikawa and Soji Shimada two members of Red Circle, the curated group of award-winning Japanese writers, have joined other renowned Japanese authors contributing newly commissioned stories to ‘Day to Day’ an online flash fiction project set up by Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher. 

‘Day to Day’, inspired by the need to respond to Covid-19 creatively and positively as a publishing industry, is a series of narrative fiction linked by the theme  “After April 1st”. 

‘Day to Day’ features daily short stories, short-shorts, newly written works by 50 important and highly regarded Japanese authors set in Japan after April 1st 2020.

Each story when rendered in English is typically around 500 words in length and is being published in open access in Japanese, English and Chinese simultaneously online alongside profiles of each author. 

Links to English translations of the works by Takuji Ichikawa (translated by Emily Balistrieri) and Soji Shimada (translated by Louise Heal Kawai) are below:

The Borderless Boys and Girls Club by Takuji Ichikawa, 12 June

Dream Island Expo, 2020 by Soji Shimada, 2 July
  • RedCircle
    About Red Circle:
    Red Circle Authors Limited is a specialist publishing and communications company that conducts bespoke projects on behalf of a carefully selected and curated group of leading Japanese authors. Red Circle showcases Japan’s best creative writing. For more information on Red Circle, Japanese literature, and Red Circle authors please visit:
    • Takuji Ichikawa
      About Takuji Ichikawa:
      Takuji Ichikawa is an author who ignores traditional boundaries, and is impossible to pigeonhole; whose positive fantastical narratives touch the soul through storytelling that not only 'transforms and heals', but also sells in the millions.
    • Soji Shimada
      About Soji Shimada:
      Soji Shimada is the master of postmodern whodunnits who originally wanted to become a painter turned instead to reinventing the art of mystery writing. His debut novel, The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, now ranked among the top five best locked-room mysteries published worldwide, became an instant classic, transforming him into Japan’s Man of Mystery and one of the country's bestselling authors.