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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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Murakami Pilgrimage Asahikawa

THREE NIGHTS IN ASAHIKAWA

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains significant spoilers for A Wild Sheep Chase and Norwegian Wood and minor spoilers for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. In Murakamis’s fiction, the first time we’re introduced to Asahikawa, Hokkaido’s second largest city, is in his third novel A Wild Sheep Chase. During the narrator’s transfer there on

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Tokiwa Inari Haruki Murakami

SHRINE HUNTING IN TAKAMATSU

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers for the novel Kafka on the Shore. In Kafka on the Shore, finding the “entrance stone” is the main mission for the odd couple of Nakata and Hoshino. Driven by Nakata’s sixth sense, the pair ends up in Kagawa Prefecture’s capital of Takamatsu in hopes that the mysterious stone

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Tokyo Tower Haruki Murakami

WELCOME

Welcome to official web site for The Murakami Pilgrimage! Whether or not you own the guide book yet, you’ll find plenty of useful tips on Japan travel and insights into Murakami’s work. The blog will contain additional information on some of the real-life settings of Haruki Murakami’s work that couldn’t make it into the final

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