Takamasa Sakurai 001 - 20151203Today, we lost a legend in the circle of culture writers.

Earlier today, writer Takamasa Sakurai passed away after falling from a train platform. He was 49.

Sakurai fell from the Arakawa-Ku / Tokyo JR Nishi Nippori Station at roughly 12:30AM local time, where he was struck by an oncoming train. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Sakurai was an influential culture writer. He published numerous books over the years, including Anime Bunka GaikĊ (Anime Culture Diplomacy) and Sekai Kawaii Kakumei (World Kawaii Revolution). He was also a columnist for Daily Yomiuri‘s “Looking East” column, and a regular contributor to ASCII Magazine.

The author was also an integral figure in the formation of the “Kawaii Ambassadors”: a trio of Japanese women who offer lectures on Japanese fashion at events like Paris’s Japan Expo.

Source: NHK News (Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the tip!)