New essay: Abandoning a Cat

May 10, 2019 By mk

Today’s lunchtime read is “Abandoning a Cat: What I Talk About When I Talk About Father”; Murakami’s childhood memoir on cats and his family, especially his late father. It was just published this morning without notice on Bungeishunju (文藝春秋) magazine and filled with his family memories which have not been written before now. Its subtitle […]

Murakami translated John Cheever’s short stories

March 24, 2019 By mk

Weekend lunch reads of John Cheever’s short stories translated by Murakami. May I share the preface written by Murakami enlighting the treasure of modern literature; “More than 30 years, I have been thinking about translating John Cheever’s short stories. However, schedule-wise, I have had some other priorities and had put off to do so. I […]

In Copenhagen

October 18, 2018 By mk

It was nice to see the books at the museum display

That’s advanced capitalism for you

September 19, 2018 By mk

Everything was proceeding according to the most intricate plans. That’s advanced capitalism for you (Dance Dance Dance Ch.7) On August 30, when Murakami was nominated for the new literary prize, the stock price of Bunkyodo, one of the largest bookstore chain in Japan jumped 15%. Yesterday, on the first trading day after Murakami’s withdrawal from […]

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

Hokkaido scenery

August 18, 2018 By mk

For those tiring of the summer heat, watching winter scenery of Hokkaido on touring A Wild Sheep Chase places may work.

The Moment he Became a Novelist happened at Jingu Sadium

July 31, 2018 By mk

Went to Jingu Stadium for the baseball game of Tokyo Yakult Swallows against Hiroshima Carp. This is where Murakami got a revelation to become a novelist. Besides that, it is a great place to be in a summer night. In 1978, when Murakami attended a baseball game for Yakult Swallows against Hiroshima Carp at Jingu […]

New short stories on the magazine

July 18, 2018 By mk

Just finished lunch reads of Murakami’s new short novels recently published in the magazine; “On the stone pillow”, “Cream” and “Charlie Parker plays Bossa Nova”. Although the taste of the stories is what we expect to Murakami, I saw some turnaround in his literary style and was made to feel as if I was talking […]

Eel is quite a treat

July 15, 2018 By mk

This time of the year, grilled eel reminds me of what Nakata stated; “Eel is quite a treat. There’s something different about it, compared to other food. Certain foods can take the place of others, but as far as I know, nothing can take the place of eel.” (Kafka on the Shore, Ch.6)

Chandler

January 11, 2018 By mk

Murakami’s essay appeared in recent Nikkei newspaper as he has finished the translation of all the seven novels of Raymond Thornton Chandler after 10 years since 2007. He wrote, “Many writers were influenced by Chandler, and followed his literary and lifestyle. Philip Marlow became not only a hero in his novels, but a symbol, lifestyle […]