Katsuhiko Takahashi

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Katsuhiko Takahashi

Katsuhiko Takahashi 高橋克彦

Katsuhiko Takahashi  (1947–)  was born in Iwate Prefecture, a doctor's son who traces his lineage back to a physician of samurai rank, and northeastern settings have always figured prominently in his work. All of the action in Kaen (Fires of Rage) takes place in locations that were severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, and many of his other works are set in this region as well. After graduating from college, Takahashi immersed himself in the study of ukiyo-e prints, and funneled some of that knowledge into his novel The Case of the Sharaku Murders (tr. 2013), a title that won him the 1983 Edogawa Rampo Prize and launched his literary career. In 1987 he received the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Hokusai satsujin jiken (The Hokusai Murder), his second in a series of ukiyo-e murder mysteries. In 1992 he received the prestigious Naoki Prize for his horror story Akai kioku (Scarlet Memories), further cementing his place among writers of popular literature. In addition to mysteries centering on ukiyo-e and other arts, he has written prolifically in a wide variety of genres, including historical and period fiction, horror, science fiction, and tales of the supernatural.