Category: Tokyo

The new book comes out on July 18

July 4, 2020 By mk

The beloved bookshop posted the 19th-century font styled letter-only notice that Murakami’s new book “First-person Singular” will be on sale on July 18. Sanyodo bookstore3 Chome-5-22 Kitaaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0061

If Nutmeg was at his office in Akasaka…

May 16, 2020 By mk

I tried calling Nutmeg’s Akasaka office just before one, but there was no answer. (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Book 3, Ch.29) These days under the state of emergency, many people try to refrain from going to the offices in the business district, whilst a number of the buildings’ windows are lit up in a heart […]

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 […]

J’s Bar Akasaka

November 22, 2019 By mk

Anyway, I decided to go to J’s Bar. A cold beer was calling me… (Hear the Wind Sing, Ch.9) At nine o’clock, J’s Bar was starting to get crowded… (A Wild Sheep Chase, Ch.15) Wishing you a happy Friday. J’s Bar AkasakaAkasaka 2-14 Plaza Bldg, 2-14-35 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052

Super-Frog guards Tokyo

June 8, 2019 By mk

Frog amulet for “come-back-safe” can be purchased at Kanda Myojin, the shrine for the tutelary deity of Tokyo. “You said before that you have come here to save Tokyo from destruction?” “That is what I said.” “What kind of destruction?” “Earthquake,” Frog said with the utmost gravity. (Super-Frog Saves Tokyo, 1999) As both toads and […]

Sanyodo Bookstore

June 4, 2019 By mk

The interview on the recent Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper is displayed in the window at this beautiful bookshop beloved by the author.

Udon Hoshino

September 3, 2018 By mk

During lunchtime at the Udon restaurant named Hoshino, the conversation with Nakata was reminded: Nakata methodically enjoyed each and every noodle. “This udon is delicious,” he said. “Glad you like it,” Hoshino said.– Kafka on the Shore (Ch. 24). Hoshino1-11-2 Nihombashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022