The Moment he Became a Novelist happened at Jingu Sadium

July 31, 2018 By mk

Went to Jingu Stadium for the baseball game of Tokyo Yakult Swallows against Hiroshima Carp. This is where Murakami got a revelation to become a novelist. Besides that, it is a great place to be in a summer night.

In 1978, when Murakami attended a baseball game for Yakult Swallows against Hiroshima Carp at Jingu Stadium, the thought struck him: “I think I can write a novel”, then, he started to write his first novel at night after the game.

I can still recall the exact sensation. It felt as if something had come fluttering down from the sky, and I had caught it cleanly in my hands. I had no idea why it had chanced to fall into my grasp. I didn’t know then, and I don’t know now. Whatever the reason, it had taken place. It was like a revelation. Or maybe epiphany is the closest word. All I can say is that my life was drastically and permanently altered in that instant—when Dave Hilton belted that beautiful, ringing double at Jingu Stadium.
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