Not outrageous but rather ordinary and personal little snippets that trickle out, those are the stories that remain in my heart the longest and that I desire the most.
Every day as a student, I rode the Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad (Kotoden) trains whose living-creature-like rhythm I personally named the “Kotoden Beat.” The trains had warm feelings like those of old-fashioned music records or sepia-colored pictures.
I came up with an idea that it would be fantastic to connect these two things, i.e., personal stories and Kotoden, in literature, so I talked it over with Kotoden. They quite easily endorsed the idea, and creating an anthology of Kotoden stories moved forward at an amazing pace.
easily endorsed the idea, and creating an anthology of Kotoden stories moved forward at an amazing pace.
The project was called the 3rd Nakazora Literary Award, and we welcomed many stories concerning Kotoden from in and around Kagawa-ken. With the help of the executive committee members and the CEO of Kotoden, Mr. Manabe, we read the stories as though we were sitting in a train seat and selected the most impressive ones in this publication. We pray that it may become a fond memory to whoever picks up this publication. Oh, by the way, don’t miss your stop!
“Nakazora” Yosuke Okada
The 3rd Nakazora Literary Award + Takamatsu-Kotohira Electric Railroad Co.
Kotoden Story Project
Award Winning Anthology
“Hey, you there! Why don’t you come and enjoy the stories!” he says as he slurps noodles.
The 3rd Nakazora Literary Award
"Kotoden Story Project"