Category: Norwegian Wood

Eel is Special

July 28, 2021 By mk

Many foods appear in Haruki Murakami’s works, but eel is special among them. In “Kafka on the Shore”, Murakami has Satoru Nakata talk about how irreplaceable eels are. “Eel is quite a treat. There’s something different about it, compared to other food. Certain foods can take the place of others, but as far as I […]

Blame It On The Bossa Nova

February 11, 2021 By mk

Music takes an important role in Murakami’ life and novels. Last week, Murakami gave an interview on Shukan Asahi Magazine and said “This is a difficult time, as the world faces the pandemic. However, at any time, people need something they can enjoy.” and noticed that he would host a live radio show on this […]

How did the lunch look like?

December 1, 2019 By mk

“To the Takashimaya department store restaurant in Nihonbashi.” …Midori and I went to the basement restaurant and, after a close inspection of the plastic food in the window, both decided to have an old-fashioned cold lunch assortment with rice and pickles and grilled fish and tempura and teriyaki chicken. ( Norwegian Wood Ch.10) This is […]

The dating pathway

December 1, 2019 By mk

“This one’s kind of wild,”Midori said with obvious disappointment.“Anyhow, why are we going to Ochanomizu?”(Norwegian Wood, Ch.7) This time of the year, Ochanomizu looks like this on Sunday morning

Symposium: Haruki Murakami and International Literature

November 29, 2019 By mk

Last night, attended the pre-opening event of the Waseda International House of Literature (The Haruki Murakami Library). The symposium by the experts including Mieko Kawakami, David Karashima and Michael Emmerich was impressive and enlightened unique aspects of Murakami’s works from international literature perspective. The Haruki Murakami Library will open in April 2021 and exhibits a […]

Norwegian Wood Places

November 24, 2014 By mk

Pictures of the places possibly appeared or mentioned in Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. She had suggested that we leave the train, which we happened to do in Yotsuya, where the green embankment makes for a nice place to walk by the old castle moat. ―Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood (Ch.2) Yotsuya, literally means “four valleys”, is […]