Category: Other

Amabie

April 25, 2020 By mk

The article does not directly relate to Murakami. However, I assume it may draw the interest of some of you who are interested in the surreal aspects based on the Japanese folklore in his novel and how those surrealities still work in the life in modern society; the mysterious merperson instructed that in order to […]

For audiophiles

December 22, 2019 By mk

In the recent issue of Switch magazine, Murakami gave an interview on his sound system. Currently, he has JBL and Tannoy speaker systems and said, “I listen to Jazz with the JBL. While the Tannoy sounds better in the morning when I listen to the classical chamber, baroque and piano music.” Chamber music filtered out […]

Live at Winter-Owl Reading Party

December 17, 2019 By mk

Tonight, attended “Winter-Owl Reading Party” hosted by Haruki Murakami and Mieko Kawakami in Shinjuku. It proceeded in the form of “alternate reading” where Murakami and Kawakami read the novels alternately. Murakami read “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning” and the excerpt of “Confession of Shinagawa Monkey”, the new short story he […]

40 Years Anniversary Message from the author

December 14, 2019 By mk

Publisher’s paperback marketing campaign leaflet on 40 years anniversary of Murakami’s debut features a special message from the author. These days in the train, most of everybody have kamaboko-board* like mobile phone and gaze the screen without expression. I would not say it is good or bad, but found that we are unconsciously used to […]

Wild Movie Chase

November 22, 2019 By mk

Thanks to my friend who lent me the book, I had a chance to read “The Wild Movie Chase,” an out-of-print movie review anthology written by Murakami and Saburo Kawamoto, a movie critic, in 1985. Murakami wrote 154 reviews out of 264 and the preface starting as; A long time ago in a galaxy far, […]

New story: Carnaval

November 15, 2019 By mk

Today’s lunchtime read is Murakami’s new short story “Carnaval,” published last week on the Bungakukai magazine. I assume it would be welcomed by not all the current readers, but I like it and support his challenge. Anyway, as usual, I believe English translation will come up soon. Wishing you a happy Friday.

Well, well

November 4, 2019 By mk

“And so now you’re crushed, Mr. Wind-Up Bird, and that’s why you went down in the well.” (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Ch.10) Just happened to think about whether a well is common for the use in the city in other countries. Here, the old part of Tokyo, the old wells are kept working in preparation […]

The Olympic Games is like a typhoon eye

August 25, 2019 By mk

Rereading Murakami’s essay on Sydney 2000. He wrote “The Olympic Games is like a typhoon eye. If we are in the middle of that, it is not easy to see the whole picture. The longer we stay there, the less we do catch the subject. Of course, more details are visible; for example, a hockey […]

Favorite novelist

August 17, 2019 By mk

Mieko Kawakami is an Akutagawa Prize-winning novelist. When she was 19, she worked at a bookshop and attended Murakami’s charity public reading for the quake victims in Kobe; after some years, she became an author. In 2017, she interviewed Murakami on Killing Commendatore, his creativeness, memories, fame, daily life, and the next world. Some of […]