Takashi Nagatsuka (?? ?, Nagatsuka Takashi, April 3, 1879–February 8, 1915) was a Japanese poet and novelist.
According to prominent historian Ann Waswo, Nagatsuka Takashi was born into a landowning family.
Generally, he was born in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
More specifically, his place of birth was ??? (Kossho Village) in ??? (Ishige Town), which was merged in 2006 with ???? (Mitsukaido City) to form modern day ??? (Joso City).
In 1896, poor health forced him to stop his middle-school education in Mito.
In accordance with his duties as eldest son, he assisted his mother Taka in managing their six acres of arable land.
He started experimenting in 1905 with different fertilizers, crop-rotation, charcoal-production, and commercial-grade bamboo-production.
These are just some of his attempts to save the family's finances from the political career of his father Genjiro (who was elected during the late 1880s to the prefectural assembly), since he tended to absorb other people's debts.
In Tokyo, he studied poetry with Masaoka Shiki starting 1900 until 1902, the same year Shiki died of tuberculosis.His only novel ? ("Tsuchi"; "The Soil") was published in 151-installment series from June–November of1910 in the ?????? (Tokyo Asahi Shimbun; Tokyo Morning-Sun Newspaper), which eventually became today's ???? (Asahi Shimbun ; Morning-Sun Newspaper) after a merger with the ?????? (Osaka Asahi Shimbun; Osaka Morning-Sun Newspaper).
Two years after its newspaper serialization, ? was published as a complete work in book form in 1912.
The novel depicts life in rural Japan and in Kossho Village.
The characters are based on actual people although their names are altered.
The novel's copyright expired in the mid-1960s.
He died of laryngeal tuberculosis on February 8, 1915.