In rare speech, novelist Murakami likens translating to a hobby

Apr 28, 2017

In rare speech, novelist Murakami likens translating to a hobby

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, an accomplished translator and author whose works have been rendered into different languages for readers around the world, said in Shibuya, Tokyo, on Thursday that translation is "almost in the realm of a hobby" for him. "I just find myself doing ...

'Tokyo: A Biography': Tracing the life of a city

/ Mar 25, 2017

'Tokyo: A Biography': Tracing the life of a city

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Cities are intrinsically inviting subjects for a writer. Part human, part natural; arena of history and mantelpiece of memory — cities provide the setting for the archetypal encounter of the individual with the masses. Tokyo: A Biography, by Stephen Mansfield. 208 pages TUTTLE, Nonfiction. With its conjunction of ...

Mishima and the maze of sexuality in modern Japan

Jan 14, 2017

Mishima and the maze of sexuality in modern Japan

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In June 1948, novelist Osamu Dazai committed suicide. The 38-year-old, who had just completed his masterpiece, "No Longer Human," and whose fame was peaking, jumped into Tokyo's Tamagawa Canal with his mistress, Tomie Yamazaki, and drowned. With his acid wit and nihilistic vision, Dazai had ...

Jan 10, 2017

Murakami's new book to be released Feb. 24 in Japan

Haruki Murakami's new book has a title, though its content remains a mystery. "Kishidancho Goroshi," or "Killing Commendatore," will hit Japanese bookstores Feb. 24, the book's publisher, Shinchosha Publishing Co., said Tuesday. Overseas availability isn't yet known. Shinchosha said the book will have two parts, subtitled ...

The top entertainment stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The top entertainment stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these culture stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Nothing lasts forever: After conflicting reports dominated tabloids, J-pop act SMAP finally announced a breakup planned for New Year's Eve. Regardless of whether it was in-fighting or exhaustion that led ...

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 showed two ...