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SIX CHERRY BLOSSOM SPOTS FROM MURAKAMI’S NOVELS

Cherry blossom viewing parties, also known as hanami, are a big deal in Japan. Every year in spring, groups of people gather under trees in bloom and have a little picnic or drinking party. Despite being such a big part of Japanese culture, hanami parties play little role in Murakami’s fiction. Nevertheless, some of the best …

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Dance, Dance, Dance Meiji-Jingu

5 TOURISTY SPOTS FROM ‘DANCE, DANCE, DANCE’ TO TAKE YOUR FRIENDS

Excited about your upcoming trip to Tokyo, but traveling with someone who has never read, or just doesn’t get, Murakami? In that case, it may be hard to justify dragging them out to see an emergency staircase, a children’s playground or an all-male college dormitory. If you find yourself in this situation, you may realize that …

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Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Ginza

SIX PLACES YOU CAN SHOP FROM MURAKAMI’S NOVELS

As most of Murakami’s main characters are Tokyoites, it’s only natural that they go on plenty of shopping trips throughout his novels. Like with bars and restaurants, however, Murakami rarely reveals the name of the exact store they visit. Luckily, there are several exceptions. Here’s a list of six places in Tokyo you can shop from …

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Norwegian Wood Soba

EIGHT TOKYO BARS AND RESTAURANTS FROM MURAKAMI’S NOVELS

We know that Haruki Murakami’s characters love going out to fancy French restaurants in Aoyama, hotel bars in Shinjuku and coffee shops in Ginza. Throughout the author’s work, however, surprisingly few specific restaurants or bars are actually named. Fortunately, most of the establishments which have been named in the books are still around in modern-day …

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Iidabashi Tokyo

NORWEGIAN WOOD: FILM VS. NOVEL LOCATIONS

Directed by Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung, the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s most well-known novel was released back in 2010. While I’ve been aware of the film’s existence for awhile, it wasn’t until the other week that I finally got around to watching it. After recently visiting the real-life Norwegian Wood locations for The …

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