The secret files of Miss Saeki

September 13, 2017 By mk

Did any of you happen to imagine what was written in the burned secret files of Miss Saeki in Kafka on the shore? “Nakata understands,” he said, nodding seriously. “If that’s what you’d like, Miss Saeki, I’ll be happy to burn it all up for you. You can rest assured.” (Kafka on the Shore, Ch.42) […]

Interview book: An owl flies at the twilight dusk

June 13, 2017 By mk

Reread the latest Murakami book released in this April; An owl flies at the twilight dusk; Haruki Murakami interviewed by Mieko Kawakami. Mieko Kawakami is a singer, as well as a renowned author, awarded Akutagawa Prize in 2007. I like the book as it is not an ordinary interview but a constructive discussion between creative […]

Countdown for Killing Commendatore

February 24, 2017 By mk

The “countdown” of launching the sale of Killing Commendatore reminded me of the expression of advanced capitalism in Dance Dance Dance. Last night, I was at one of the bookstores hosted the “countdown” at sharp midnight. It looked that the craze was made mainly by the TV crews and quite a number of the people, […]

Being a sheepman in midsummer is quite a challenging option

August 21, 2016 By mk

At this time of every year, I recall the phrases “It was amid summer when Sheep Man was asked to compose a song for Christmas. The requester and Sheep Man were both soaked with sweat under their summer sheep costumes. Being a sheepman in midsummer is quite a challenging option.” and thank that I am […]

Murakami and Illustrators

July 3, 2016 By mk

Up until August 7, the exhibition, “Murakami and Illustrators” is on at Chihiro Art Museum where its cafe serves the “Pancake with Coke” in the same manner that Rat favours. I enjoyed it and found that it was worth trying once (but maybe not twice). The Rat’s favorite food was pancakes, hot off the griddle. […]

Yakult Swallows won and Murakami celebrated

October 6, 2015 By mk

Bought recently published essay “Novelist As a Vocation” at the bookshop near Jingu Stadium displaying the author’s autographed paper board saying “Congrats on the Victory of Yakult Swallows!” Sanyodo bookstore3 Chome-5-22 Kitaaoyama, Minato City, Tokyo 107-0061http://sanyodo-shoten.co.jp/

Sputnik Sweetheart places

April 15, 2015 By mk

Pictures of the places possibly appeared or mentioned in Haruki Murakami’s Sputnik Sweetheart. This Sputnik conversation took place at a wedding reception for Sumire’s cousin at a posh hotel in Akasaka. ―Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart (Ch.1) Retrospectively, in 1999 when the novel was released, the term “posh hotel in Akasaka” reminds a place which is […]

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Places

February 15, 2015 By mk

Pictures of the places possibly appeared or mentioned in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle In the afternoons I would go to a park—the Shinjuku Imperial Gardens or Yoyogi Park—to sit on the grass and cry. ―Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Book one, Ch.8) Shinjuku Gyoen provides a sanctuary in the busy Shinjuku area. It consists of […]