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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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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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