Murakami Haruki Literary Pilgrimage Map

Trilogy of the Rat Norwegian Wood Kafka on the Shore


  • Trilogy of the Rat I
    Hear The Wind Sing : 風の歌を聴け

    "When I'm back in the town in summer, I always walk the same street she walked, sit down on the stone steps of the warehouse, and gaze out to sea, all by myself. And just when I feel like crying, I never can." "That's how it goes."

  • Trilogy of the Rat II
    Pinball, 1973 : 1973年のピンボール

    “We’ll meet again somewhere,” I said. “Let’s, somewhere,” said one. “Yes, somewhere,” said the other. The words echoed in my mind a moment. The bus door banged shut, the twins waved from the window. Everything was repeating itself.

  • Trilogy of the Rat III
    A Wild Sheep Chase : 羊をめぐる冒険

    "I walked along the river to its mouth. I sat down on the last fifty yards of beach, and I cried. I never cried so much in my life. I brushed the sand from my trousers and got up, and if I had somewhere to go. The day had all but ended. I could hear the sound of waves as I started to walk."

  • Trilogy of the Rat +Plus
    Dance・Dance・Dance : ダンス・ダンス・ダンス

    Reality. Eventually dawn crept up on us. I watched the second hand on the alarm clock going around in real time. Little by lttle by little, onward. I knew I would stay. Seven o'clock came, and summer morning light eased through the windoow, casting a skewed rectangle on the floor. "Yumiyoshi," I whispered. "It's morning."

  • Norwegian Wood : ノルウェイの森

    "The more the momories of Naoko inside me fade, the more deeply I am able to understand her. I know, too, why she saked me not to forget her. Naoko herself knew, of course. She knew thet my memories of her would fade. Which is precisely why she begged me never to forget her, to remember that she had existed."
    "The thought fills me with an almost unbearable sorrow. Because Naoko never loved me."

  • Kafka on the Shore : 海辺のカフカ

    "From now on - no matter what - you've got to be the world's toughest 15-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order to do that, you've got to figure what it means to be tough."

Feature Story : Juve

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    The Town :

    Let's start with the town, where Haruki grew up and his stories came from. The sea out in front, hills behind, and right next door, major port.

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    Hanshinkan Boy : 阪神間少年

    Hanshinkan, the area between Osaka and Kobe, was a comfy place to spend Haruki's boyhood to the adolescent period.

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    Junior High School Years : 中学時代

    Of his middle-school years, Murakami has written that all he remembers is being beaten by his teachers. He didn't like them and they didn't like him because he wouldn't study.

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    Family Ties : 親子関係

    Young Haruki would often hear his parents discussing eighth-century poetry or medieval war takes at the dinner table. Haruki said, “Throughout my teens I became hate ‘Japanese literature’ and ‘teachers’.”

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    Books and Music : 本と音楽

    Haruki was permitted to buy books on credit at the local bookstore, as long as he avoided comic books or trashy weekly magazines, and he became a voracious reader.

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    High School Years : 高校時代

    Haruki would play Mahjongg almost every day, fool around with girls, spend hours in jazz cafés and cinemas, smoke, skip school, read novels during class, and so forth, but his grades were never terrible.

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    Leaving Home : 街を離れる

    "The town has deep hold on me; almost all my memories are tied up with the place. Yet the spring I left town to enter university, I let out a sigh of relief from the bottom of my heart,"Haruki said in his novel.

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    The River :

    "The road by the river had been one of my favorites. I could walk at the same speed as the river. I could feel it breathing. It was alive. The town belonged to the river from the very beginning, and it would always be the way."

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    The Lost Sea : 失われた海

    In his novels and essays, Murakami expressed his deep emotional attachment to the sea that was close to him throughout his adolescence years.