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My Good Old Classical Records

August 12, 2021 By mk

Murakami’s latest book is ” My Good Old Classical Records “, released on 24 June 2021 in Japan. Murakami, known as a jazz record collector and for his deep knowledge of classical records, introduced 486 LP records in this book, covering 100 chapters; some are categorized by music, while some are by a conductor. Murakami […]

Baseball for Murakami

July 29, 2021 By mk

In 1974, at the age of 25, Haruki Murakami and his wife Yoko opened a jazz café, Peter Cat, in Kokubunji. At this point in his life, Murakami had not written a novel. No one could have predicted that this unspectacular town would become the setting for a popular novel that has sold 12 million […]

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 […]

Murakami in 2020

December 31, 2020 By mk

In 2020, Murakami published five books in Japan; two essays, one short stories collection and two translations. Considering his age of 71, he is impressively productive. He also saved the readers and the book industries at the time of pandemic by the way that only he could do in 2020; he published the five books […]

Death exists, not as the opposite but as a part of life

December 10, 2020 By mk

Death was not the opposite of life. It was already here, within my being, it had always been here, and no struggle would permit me to forget that. (Norwegian Wood, Ch.2) A year ago, when Waseda University announced that it was setting up a new library to house Haruki Murakami’s archives, and that Murakami would […]

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

December 1, 2020 By mk

Read Carson McCullers’ “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (published in 1940)” translated by Haruki Murakami this year and impressed not only the way Murakami translated but the findings on the interaction among the literary works and the reality beyond the place, language and time. The problems and sufferings that the characters faced in the […]

Who We’re Reading When We’re Reading Murakami

October 4, 2020 By mk

This is a nonfiction story of a venture of the team of translators, editors, agents, and designers who successfully brought Murakami’s novels to the western countries in 1980/90s. Birnbaum was immediately drawn to Murakami’s writing, especially its humor, something he found to be rare in Japanese literature.19 As soon as he finished reading the stories, […]

The way he tried to save bookshops

August 8, 2020 By mk

Like many other parts of the world, Covid-19 significantly affected the lives of the people in Japan. Although bookstores were excluded from the shutdown list, during the state of the emergency period from April 9 to May 25, all the business in town were heavily damaged and have not yet recovered until now. For small […]

How Murakami was introduced in western countries

July 19, 2019 By mk

“Whom We Read About When We Read Haruki Murakami (Japanese edition)” written by David Karashima is a nonfiction story depicting how the team of translators, editors, agents, and designers successfully brought Murakami’s novels to the US and UK in 1980/90s. It is a good read for those who are interested in intercultural communication/marketing over the […]

At Tokyo Book Faire

July 14, 2019 By mk

Bought “Spider Monkey at Night“; Murakami ‘s advertorial short-short stories collection written in the 1980s and published in 1995.