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1 Sep
Welcome to the Seventh Annual How to Japanese Murakami Fest! With the goal of stirring up even more interest in Murakami between now and October, when the Nobel Prizes are announced, I will post a small piece of Murakami translation/analysis/revelation … Continue reading
18 Aug
I have an article in the Japan Times today: “Complicated characters: Let us now praise difficult kanji.” This column was inspired by two of my biggest Japanese-related realizations of all time: 1. Katakana are not inherently more difficult than hiragana. 2. … Continue reading
9 Aug
My review of Philip Gabriel’s translation of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is online over at the Japan Times: “Haruki Murakami’s new book peels back the layers of friendship.” But others have written smarter things than I … Continue reading
30 Jun
I have a new column up on the Japan Times: “Particles create the chemistry of adjectives and adverbs.” I actually drafted a blog post along these lines (with the whole chemistry analogy) way, way, waaay back in the day (when … Continue reading
8 Jun
Hey folks, sorry I haven’t rapped at ya lately. I’m still working my way through 女のいない男たち, but it’s been slow going and has derailed my work on Hard-boiled Wonderland: I’ve only read two stories and the forward so far, and … Continue reading
5 May
I have another column in the Japan Times today: “Drinking in Japan: Sober words to help you socialize.” It’s a fun column with some of the words you might encounter at a drinking party with coworkers…and an equally useful set … Continue reading
23 Apr
I got the new Murakami short story collection Men Without Women in the mail today! Here are my initial impressions: - It has a great cover. The art style is simple and almost like calligraphy in effect. I especially like the inclusion … Continue reading
21 Apr
Chapter 17 “End of the World, Charlie Parker, Time Bomb” is a very short chapter, which is fortunate because it’s largely exposition: The scientist’s granddaughter has arrived at Watashi’s apartment, and they chat about what the grandfather must be up … Continue reading
12 Apr
Chapter 16, “The Coming of Winter,” is another nice chapter in Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World where Murakami is beginning to set up the major connections between the two parts of the novel that will play out … Continue reading
29 Mar
Back to the real point of this blog – yeah, it’s a Murakami blog these days despite my two recent posts on the Japanese language. If you’re a new reader, here’s the idea: Haruki Murakami’s 1985 novel Hard-boiled Wonderland and … Continue reading
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