cover for Zoo, the hit single by Tsuji’s band Echoes
Hitonari Tsuji is a writer, musician and film director. His career got started in music but he really began to shine in ’97 when he was awarded an Akutagawa Prize, one of Japan’s most prestigious literary awards. He went on to be the first Japanese awarded with the French Prix Femina prize in ’99. Although he had retired his instruments in ’91, his band, Echoes, made a huge comeback in 2000 when one of their songs was used in a TV series.
The multi-talented artist created a twitter account at the beginning of this month. Ten days later and 82 “chapters,” or tweets, later, he has written a substantial beginning to his twitter novel about an author who decides to write a twitter novel. You can follow him here (Japanese only).
“The Light from the Strait,” Tsuji’s Akutagawa Prize-winning novel