Feb 6, 2014

Hokkaido town fumes over portrayal in new Haruki Murakami story

A small town was fuming at best-selling novelist Haruki Murakami on Wednesday after a new story appeared to suggest its residents habitually throw lit cigarettes from car windows. The remote town of Nakatonbetsu in Hokkaido says it will demand an explanation from the publisher ...

Murakami in running for Nobel

Oct 9, 2013

Murakami in running for Nobel

by Camille Bas-Wohlert

In a year with no clear favorites, novelist Haruki Murakami appears to be the front-runner to win the Nobel Prize in literature this week. Murakami, known across the globe for works such as “Norwegian Wood” and “1Q84,” heads the list at British bookmaker Ladbrokes ...

Pianist Onishi to come out of retirement

May 2, 2013

Pianist Onishi to come out of retirement

by Shaun Mckenna

Pianist Junko Onishi will come out of retirement to perform one more time, at the finale of this year’s Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto in Nagano Prefecture. According to a statement released Friday, the 46-year-old musician was convinced to come back to the stage by ...

Mystery, loss fuel Murakami sales

Apr 24, 2013

Mystery, loss fuel Murakami sales

Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” has been a phenomenal success for the nation’s lackluster publishing market, selling more than 1 million copies in just the first seven days after its April 12 release. One key element was ...

New Murakami novel tops 1 million

Apr 19, 2013

New Murakami novel tops 1 million

Publisher Bungeishunju Ltd. said Thursday the latest novel by acclaimed author Haruki Murakami has passed the 1 million mark since its release April 12. “Shikisai o Motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, Kare no Junrei no Toshi” (“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”) was ...