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Murakami in 2021

December 31, 2021 By mk

Today is the last day of the year 2021. As a Haruki Murakami fan living in Japan, I have compiled a list of topics related to him that I have seen this year. Mizumaru Anzai Retrospective Exhibition From 24 April to 20 September 2021, the exhibition of Mizumaru Anzai (1942-2014), Murakami’s best friend and highly […]

Murakami’s Jazz Bar

August 4, 2021 By mk

Murakami’s novels are known for their surrealism. Still, this surrealism does not exist independently but is further enhanced by the reality of the scenes and place names detailed in his novels. From the point of view of a local Tokyo resident who experienced the period in which the novel is set, the scenery and the […]

Thoughts on controversial depictions in Murakami’s novel

March 25, 2021 By mk

I know that some people do not like Murakami’s work because of the sexual scenes and the way the characters (especially the female characters) are portrayed. It is the same in his home country, and some people do not buy his novels for the same reason. However, few people criticise a novelist, whereas politicians and […]

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 […]

Tanizaki and Murakami

January 14, 2021 By mk

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (1886-1965) is one of the most appreciated novelists of Japanese literature. The award named after Tanizaki is one of the most prestigious ones and was given to Murakami for Hard–Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World in 1985. Murakami highly respects Tanizaki. He met Mrs Matsuko Tanizaki (1903-1990), the maestro’s wife, at […]

Notes on Underground and the 1990 election

January 9, 2021 By mk

I trace it back to February 1990, when Aum stood for election in the Lower House of the Japanese Diet. Asahara was running in Shibuya Ward, the Tokyo district where I was living at the time, and the campaign was a singularly odd piece of theater. Day after day strange music played from big trucks […]

Murakami made the summer special for the teenagers

September 6, 2020 By mk

At the end of unusual summer vacation due to Covid-19, Murakami gave an interview to the high school students. He was asked “How should we decide our future goal?” and said,” My life has gone with the flow without concrete plan and goal so that I can only say that I wish you good luck […]

Mt. Fuji, Hokusai, Murakami and Tech

June 23, 2020 By mk

In 2013, Murakami wrote; When I was a child, I read a story of men; one of them was a smart man who just saw Mt. Fuji from several angles and convinced how the mountain looked marvellous and left. Very efficient. However, the other man who is not so smart could not understand easily, and […]