Haruki Murakami

Tuning in to learn how English-sounding Haruki Murakami reads in...
The program is hosted by Ryoichi Niimoto, right, who appears with announcer Dionne Mitsuoka, inside a Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) recording studio in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward. (Louis Templado)
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami.
Tour follows Haruki Murakami's footsteps in quake-hit hometowns
A shopping mall near Hanshin Nishinomiya Station, which was damaged by the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, is mentioned in an essay of Haruki Murakami's "Henkyo, Kinkyo." (Tatsuya Chikusa)
NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo Prefecture--A group of residents will host a hiking tour on Sept. 28 to retrace the path taken by internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami that he...
DRAWER OF MEMORIES: Shinjuku Station becomes stage for Haruki...
Shinjuku Station, shown here viewed from the south, figures prominently in Haruki Murakami's latest novel to be translated into English. (Louis Templado)
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami. The article is titled "Drawer of Memories," intended...
Haruki Murakami likens writing to plunging into the 'darkness' at...
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDINBURGH--Internationally acclaimed author Haruki Murakami described writing a novel as descending into the “darkness” of his mind at the Edinburgh International Book...
DRAWER OF MEMORIES: Haruki Murakami rose to fame from a 'walled...
Tasuku Saito, a bookshop owner in Tokyo's Sendagaya neighborhood, holds up a lantern advertising Peter Cat, the jazz bar operated by Haruki Murakami when he lived in the area. (Louis Templado)
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami. The article is titled "Drawer of Memories," intended...
COMMENTARY/ Hanshinkan Kid (7): Haruki Murakami's love for cats...
Located on both sides of the Shukugawa river, which runs through Nishinomiya, Shukugawa Park is a hangout for stray cats. (Provided by Goro Fukushima)
Editor’s note: This is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW’s series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami and the seventh of Koji Konishi’s “The Hanshinkan...
DRAWER OF MEMORIES: Yokohama library offers Haruki Murakami's warm ...
A stereo system operator at the Kanagawa Prefectural library in Yokohama prepares to play records featured in Haruki Murakami works. (Louis Templado)
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami. The article is titled "Drawer of Memories," intended...
INTERVIEW/ Kunio Nakamura: Guidebook offers no exact matches to...
Kunio Nakamura browses through a copy of his “Sanpo de kanjiru Murakami Haruki” (Feeling Haruki Murakami through walking around), a guidebook to spots featured in the author's novels. (Louis Templado)
Editor's note: This interview is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami.
COMMENTARY/ Hanshinkan Kid (6): Chinese memories of a young Haruki ...
Chinatown, called Nankin-machi, in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture (Provided by Koji Konishi)
Editor’s note: This is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW’s series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami and the sixth of Koji Konishi’s “The Hanshinkan Kid” ...
DRAWER OF MEMORIES: Setting for Haruki Murakami's '1Q84' traced to ...
This park on the south side of Koenji Station may be the very one described in "1Q84." The book describes the character Tengo standing on a slide and gazing up at a sky with two moons. The slide, however, does not date from 1984. (Louis Templado)
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami. The series, titled "Drawer of Memories," is intended...
DRAWER OF MEMORIES: Shinjuku basement bar a witness to Haruki...
The interior of the jazz bar Old Blind Cat, located across from Shinjuku Station, has changed little since the days when Haruki Murakami worked there while a university student. A turntable is visible on the left. (Louis Templado)
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami. The article is titled "Drawer of Memories," intended...
Meiji-Taisho Era novelist Soseki becoming trendy across the world...
University students show the names of their favorite works of author Natsume Soseki during an international symposium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 18. (Hikaru Uchida)
Even almost 100 years after his death, novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), who counts popular writer Haruki Murakami among his fans, is gaining new converts throughout the...
Haruki Murakami fans count down to midnight for release of new book
Readers show off their fresh-off-the-presses copies of Haruki Murakami's latest work, "Onna no inai otokotachi," which went on sale after the stroke of midnight on April 18 at the Kinokuniya bookstore in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Louis Templado)
International best-selling novelist Haruki Murakami shows no signs of slowing his creative output, and lately, he even has been keeping his readers up late.
COMMENTARY/ The Hanshinkan Kid (5): Haruki Murakami's attachment...
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom along the the Shukugawa river in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on April 6. Haruki Murakami describes the river and a stone bridge over it in his essay “Rangeruhansu-to no Gogo" (Afternoon in the islets of Langerhans). (Provided by Koji Konishi)
Editor’s note: This is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW’s series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami and the fifth of Koji Konishi’s “The Hanshinkan Kid” ...
Haruki Murakami's taste for Galician-style octopus
Haruki Murakami is surrounded by high school students in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (Provided by Rosalia de Castro school)
Editor's note: Shinji Inada, former Paris bureau chief of The Asahi Shimbun, originally wrote this article for The Asahi Shimbun Digital website to depict the literary and...
INTERVIEW/ Norihiro Kato: 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki' is an...
Norihiro Kato (Photo by Hiroshi Matsubara)
Editor's note: This interview is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami.
Haruki Murakami to publish short-story collection in April
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A collection of short stories by critically acclaimed novelist Haruki Murakami will be published April 18, Bungeishunju Ltd. announced March 14.
INTERVIEW/ Jay Rubin: Translator offers a peek into his life--and...
Jay Rubin, the translator of some of Haruki Murakami's best known works, in Tokyo in December 2013. (Louis Templado)
Editor's note: This interview is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami.
COMMENTARY/ The Hanshinkan Kid (4): Haruki Murakami’s love...
The library at the Abbey of Saint Gall in St. Gallen, Switzerland (Provided by Koji Konishi)
Editor’s note: This is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW’s series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami and the fourth of Koji Konishi’s “The Hanshinkan...
Haruki Murakami to rename town in short story after getting flak
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Literary giant Haruki Murakami wants to put things right with a municipality in Hokkaido over his insinuation that the townspeople are dangerous litterbugs.