Murakami's new novel set for February release in Japan

Dec 1, 2016

Murakami's new novel set for February release in Japan

Haruki Murakami’s new novel is being released in Japan in February, and that’s about as much as his fans are being told. Publisher Shinchosha Publishing Co. made the announcement Wednesday. The book’s title, theme and exact date of release remain a mystery. The publisher ...

Murakami may never win the Nobel Prize — and that's OK

Oct 15, 2016

Murakami may never win the Nobel Prize — and that's OK

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In early 2015, Haruki Murakami began an advice column on his blog called “Murakami-san no Tokoro” (“Mr. Murakami’s Place”). In it, the famed author replied to questions sent in by his readers. “So what do you think of the annual fuss surrounding the Nobel ...

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

Apr 20, 2016

Quake-hit areas in Kumamoto give green light to volunteers

The social welfare council in the town of Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, which was heavily damaged by one of last week’s earthquakes, announced Wednesday that they will start accepting volunteers from Thursday to sort out relief supplies and provide other support to evacuees. Any volunteers ...

Wind/Pinball

Jan 23, 2016

Wind/Pinball

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“As long as I had something to transmit,” says the narrator of these two short novels from 1979 and 1980, “my existence would be assured.” Over three decades later, his creator Haruki Murakami is transmitting all over the world, a Japanese hero of postmodern ...

Nov 30, 2015

Murakami makes surprise appearance at Fukushima literature event

Haruki Murakami, the globally renowned novelist who rarely appears in public, attended a literature event in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sunday as a special guest whose appearance had been kept secret. Murakami joined a panel discussion on “How to learn imagination?” Photography was prohibited ...

Haruki Murakami's new essay hits bookstores, bypassing online venders

Sep 10, 2015

Haruki Murakami's new essay hits bookstores, bypassing online venders

A new essay by novelist Haruki Murakami hit bookstores across Japan on Thursday straight from the publisher under an arrangement aimed at helping businesses fight off the onslaught from online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc. Kinokuniya Co., a Tokyo-based bookstore operator, directly bought 90 ...