My favourite Japanese author is Haruki Murakami because he was the first one able to teach me to suspend my disbelief. He was the first author that took me to a world where I didn’t have to know every answer, or even every question. I just had to rest in his capable hands.
The best Japanese novel I’ve read this year is Out by Natsuo Kirino.
We must have at least one dedicated book question:
What Japanese author(s) or book(s) have you enjoyed that you would highly recommend to others?
- Haruki Murakami, of course, my favorite being Kafka on The Shore
- Natsuo Kirino’s Out and Real World
- Banana Yoshimoto’s Kitchen, NP, and Good-bye Tsugumi
- Crow Boy (a children’s book) by Taro Yashima
What is something Japanese that you’d like to try but haven’t yet had the chance?
Living in a very small, very clean place. The minimalist style really appeals to me.
Also, I’m trying to fold 1,000 origami cranes, but I’m not even halfway finished yet. Believe me, I’ll post the picture when I am!
You’re planning to visit Japan next year. Money is not a concern. What is on the top of your list of things you most want to do?
See Tokyo? Eat udon noodles? Walk under cherry blossoms? Visit a Japanese elementary school? All of the above.
What was your favourite Hello Japan! mini-challenge topic?
I loved when we wrote about manga; I also loved the assignment of comparing two works of Japanese literature. You always encourage me, Tanabata, to read something new. I have Taroko Gorge, recently mooched off of Bookmooch, waiting for me on my shelf because of your review.