Haruki Murakami

Novelist Haruki Murakami's privacy violated by publication of...
Writer Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Novelist Haruki Murakami's privacy was violated by a Kobe newspaper that published a story on books he had borrowed from his school library without seeking prior permission,...
Haruki Murakami reveals that frying oysters helps him write novels
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--In a rare public appearance, author Haruki Murakami likened the writing of his novels to frying oysters in remarks to about 200 literary fans...
Murakami fans disappointed but see benefits from Nobel Prize miss
Hard-core fans of Haruki Murakami in Tokyo react when their beloved author did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature on Oct. 8. (Hiroki Endo)
Fans of Haruki Murakami were again let down when the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature was announced, but one person saw a silver lining in the annual buzz over the...
South Korea's love for Japanese literature unscathed by political...
In cities outside Japan, Seoul has probably one of the world’s largest populations of devotees to Japanese literature.
VOX POPULI: Throwing the book at online stores
Copies of Haruki Murakami’s new essay, “Novelist as a vocation,” on sale at a bookstore in Tokyo on Sept. 10 (Takuya Isayama)
There was a tiny bookstore near my home when I was a child. Usually, I went there only to buy boys' comic books. But when I started going every month to pick up the latest...
Maestro Ozawa waves baton at Kyoto's Nijo Castle for special...
Conductor Seiji Ozawa performs at a special concert on the premises of Nijo Castle in Kyoto on Sept. 12. (Kenta Sujino)
KYOTO--Conductor Seiji Ozawa directed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in front of Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on Sept. 12, as part of events leading up to the...
Kinokuniya to buy up most copies of Murakami's new book in strike...
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To fight the emerging dominance of online retailers, major bookstore chain Kinokuniya Co. is ensuring that most customers wanting Haruki Murakami's upcoming essay book will...
Haruki Murakami gets personal in his new book
Haruki Murakami’s new book “Murakami-san no Tokoro” (Mr. Murakami’s place) (Provided by Shinchosha Publishing Co.)
Novelist Haruki Murakami’s latest work is not one of the fantastical novels he is famous for, but a collection of Internet interactions with his fans.
Cleanup guru Marie Kondo among Time's 100 most influential people
Tidying-up consultant Marie Kondo (Provided by Sunmark Publishing Inc.)
Marie Kondo, a “tidying-up consultant” whose style has become an international phenomenon, was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time...
Fantasy novelist Haruki Murakami to mix it up with fans on Web...
Haruki Murakami at a ceremony for the Welt International Literary Award in Berlin in November (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Literary giant Haruki Murakami is reaching out through an Internet portal to give advice and counseling on issues related to readers' lives.
Hokkaido sheep farm 'holy ground' for Haruki Murakami fans
"Harukists" read passages from the novels of Haruki Murakami at Farm Inn Tonttu in Bifuka, Hokkaido, in June 2014. (Provided by the Bifuka town tourism association)
BIFUKA, Hokkaido--In early October, a small group of avid fans of novelist Haruki Murakami gathered in front of a TV at an inn attached to a sheep farm here to watch a live...
Teamwork helped Haruki Murakami break into American scene
Tetsu Shirai, who oversaw the publishing of the English-language version of Haruki Murakami's "A Wild Sheep Chase" in 1989, holds a copy of the book in a private library in Tokyo. (Louis Templado)
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami.
Murakami receives literary prize, sends message of hope to Hong...
Haruki Murakami receives the Welt International Literary Award in Berlin on Nov. 7. (AP Photo)
BERLIN--Renowned writer Haruki Murakami sent a message of encouragement to pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong in their struggle to overcome one of the many “walls” that...
VOX POPULI: Widening gap in university entrance rates needs to be...
Old type 4.5-tatami mat rooms for students still exist in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The popular manga series "Otoko Oidon" (I'm a man) by Leiji Matsumoto comes to mind when I think of male students living in boarding houses. The series debuted in 1971 and...
‘Harukists’ stay positive after Murakami overlooked by Nobel...
Haruki Murakami fans at a cafe in Tokyo react after the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature is announced. (Louis Templado)
The news came hard for a coterie of hard-core fans packed inside a Haruki Murakami-themed cafe in Tokyo. Their beloved writer would not receive this year’s Nobel Prize in...
Rooting for the boy in their midst who became literary giant...
Akio Nakanishi supported Haruki Murakami in the author's failed bid for leadership at their junior high school. In the background is the Shukukawa River in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. (Louis Templado)
Editor's note: This article is part of The Asahi Shimbun AJW's series on internationally acclaimed writer Haruki Murakami.
DRAWER OF MEMORIES: Retracing Haruki Murakami's steps through the...
Participants on a Sept. 28 walk through the Hyogo Prefecture cities of Nishinomiya and Ashiya, both connected to the early life of Haruki Murakami, pause in front of a clock that was stopped by the Great Hanshin Earthquake on Jan. 17, 1995. (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...
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...