Keita Takahashi

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Keita Takahashi
Keita Takahashi - 2005.jpg
Keita Takahashi holding the Prince character from Katamari Damacy, at GDCE, London, in 2005
Born 1975
Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū
Occupation Game designer
Spouse(s) Asuka Sakai

Keita Takahashi (高橋 慶太 Takahashi Keita?, born 1975) is a game director, his most notable titles being Katamari Damacy and its sequel, We Love Katamari. The original Katamari game was a surprise hit and was praised for its quirkiness, originality, and charm. Takahashi is married to Asuka Sakai.


Takahashi has stated in numerous interviews that he had no desire for Katamari to be touted as innovative or creative – he simply set out to bring the concept of simple, silly fun back into video gaming.

Takahashi has named the following sources as inspiration for his Katamari games:


In an interview,[1] Takahashi announced that he hopes to eventually move on from video games, with an ambition of designing a playground for children. On Wednesday 28 October 2009, Nottingham City Council announced during the Gamecity festival that Keita Takahashi is spending a month in the city working on designs for the play area at Woodthorpe Grange.[2] In 2012, Takahashi revealed to an audience that the Nottingham project had been indefinitely postponed, due to budget concerns.[3] He and his wife, the composer Asuka Sakai, formed the company uvula in October 2010 to support his freelance game design career, as well as his playground designs.[4]

In July 2011, it was announced that he was joining Tiny Speck's Vancouver team, working on Glitch.[5]

Published works[edit]


  • Nakamura, Eric (2009). "Noby Boy." Giant Robot Magazine issue 63.
  1. ^ Hermida, Alfred (2005-11-10). "Technology | Katamari creator dreams of playgrounds". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ "Video games guru to design play area". This is Nottingham. 
  3. ^ "Staying Playful with Keita Takahashi". 
  4. ^ Gilbert, Ben (2010-10-03). "Katamari Damacy director and wife reveal new company". Joystiq. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Working With Your Heroes: Welcome Keita Takahashi". 2011-07-08. 
  6. ^ Tach, Dave (December 6, 2014). "Wattam debuts with a green cube mayor from Katamari Damacy's creator". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 

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