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.

“Apocalypse Now” and the Coronavirus Pandemic

This kind of overdoing masterpiece film would never be created again

Everyday we hear the news about how Coronavirus doing since February or March till today around the world. Every channel you see on TV or radio around the world must be talking about how this pandemic going and why we can’t expect tomorrow’s world. Some are totally at a loss staying at home with feeling time passes so quickly, others are at a loss working at front lines with time passes so slow. Personally, I have slight feeling of guilt, for I can’t support any medical workers or people who are working for making today’s world somehow stable and civilized. I really thank you from the bottom of my heart.

All I cloud do today was also just staying in my house as much as I can, so I watched “Apocalypse Now” at this moment. This movie was a kind of my bucket list movie, and I could finally watch this final-cut version. Perhaps this movie is too famous to explain though, it is a kind of masterpiece film concerting on the Vietnam-War. It totally describes how soldiers becoming mad through the meaningless war. There were so impressive and grotesque scenes, and in terms of that, I think there will be no films like this in the future (there are too many legendary behind-the-scenes story of this movie).

Anyway, the story is in Vietnam in 1970, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) takes a perilous and increasing hallucinatory journey upriver to find and terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), a once-promising officer who has reportedly gone completely mad. The film captures how the Captain and his company are also going to be mad under such an unreasonable environment. I feel like really sick during watching this movie, and in terms of that this is really the great film.

What I felt really strange or weird was that I felt this movie as a kind of metaphor of today’s pandemic situation. Everyone has noticed that this pandemic situation could be one of the biggest 21st century’s turning point, but some are very optimistic about it and others are not. Maybe Vietnam War could have been seemed like this way. If we capture this pandemic just by optimistic view like the United States tried to think they were winning, we can overlook some chaotic facts that really happens in the scene.

The social value or system is turning around these days. We live in a world where we can save many lives by putting your heat into a video game in your house, global economy never stands easily like before. Maybe we could see the real “fear” of this pandemic from now. I don’t want to fuel your anxiety though, we really move and think carefully with calm mind.

Today, a 28 years old Japanese Sumo wrestler has passed away due to the COVID-19. According a Japanese news source, he was sent from hospital to hospital when his condition was in emergency for long time, and it is thought to be one of a main reason of his too early death. I am 27 years old now, and I really am shocked by the news. I’m so sad hearing his death, and I became so scary. However, since nobody knows true answer, we just need to do our best in our roles. I just don’t want to be a person who just worry about, but I’d like to fear the problem with right and calm way, and I will never forget that we have still bunch of hopes. Below is one of my favorite quote.

“There’s no such thing as a perfect piece of writing. Just as there’s no such thing as perfect despair.”

Haruki Murakami, Wind/Pinball

Thank you for very much for reading. Stay Positive together.