Thoughts on Haruki Murakami’s “Murakami Radio” for Stay Home

The advertisement of “Murakami Radio”

No matter how you say, I do believe that Haruki Murakami is the best Japanese living author. He is mysterious and he has unbelievable knowledge about literature and music (he is a great collector of vinyl record for Jazz or Classical music). That actually makes me jealous since I have far less knowledge than him, but I have certain knowledge of him. He never appears any TV shows or even radio program, and actually I (one of his huge fan) love such his stance (there are too many pretending genius author on TV). Therefore, when I first heard the news that Haruki Murakami had his own radio show, I was laughing out loud with crying.

It is said that the very first program was planned the last one, but the great interest of listeners make him come back soon, and he host his show regularly these years. And on May 22nd, he aired the unscheduled radio show from his house. Here is his official comment for the listeners on the official website of Murakami Radio.

Haruki Murakami’s study. What a cool study. Maybe Haruki Murakami↗︎

These are difficult times. We’re living with all kinds of restraints and new inconveniences. There’s nothing easy about not seeing the people you want to see, or going the places you want to go, or doing the things you want to do. It’s hard. Which is why I’ve chosen the songs you’re about to hear — this is music that, for me, has the power to soothe the soul, music that cheers me up a bit. All the songs you’re going to hear are playing on my home system, the system I always use when listening to music. If things sound a bit different today, that would be why. Welcome to my study.

What a cool comment. Actually you can read about the contents and get the information about songs played in the show in the official site.

Since I think he is a kind god, the situation he’s staying at his home makes me feel really weird. But, just the fact makes me really relieved. I actually prefer listening to his talk rather than his favorite music. His talk has a full of wit and honesty and humor. Every simple mention seemed to contain a great secret of our lives.

Thank you for reading. Have a great Murakami night.

Author: Tomoharu Watanabe

Hi there. I'm 28 years old Japanese guy who currently live in northern part of Japan; Hokkaido, and a high school English teacher. Love reading books and watching movies and especially traveling around the world. Playing the guitar and kendo (Japanese traditional martial arts) is also my pastime.

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