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OCTOBER 27, 2022

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Author Haruki Murakami talks music, running, novels on radio show

Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami, hosting a special radio show featuring some of his favorite songs he runs to, says writing novels is about rhythm, as in music and running. “Murakami Radio,” a pre-recorded show broadcast Sunday night, featured as its themes two crucial elements of his life as a novelist: running and music. During the 55-minute show, Murakami played nine numbers he enjoys running to – rock and jazz – selected from thousands of titles stored on several iPods, while sharing stories behind the songs and talking about running and writing.

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The Haruki Murakami Festival is coming to Manila

If you’ve ever found yourself immersed in the fictional fantasy worlds and cultural goldmines born from the mastermind of contemporary novelist Haruki Murakami, you’re in for a treat. Fans of the Japanese novelist—aptly called “Harukists” (yes, they’re a thing)—can now experience his literary oeuvre in the flesh. Brough to us by the Japan Foundation Manila, The Haruki Murakami Festival is happening this month until March. Spread across six days, the festival will be split into three segments: Talk, Watch, and Listen.

The first leg, Talk, is set to take place on February 27 at the Ateneo de Manila University, and March 17 and 18 at Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. Headed by literary experts such as ADMU English professor Alona Guevarra, Julz Riddle, Frank Cimatu, and more, Talk discusses everything Murakami—from his global appeal and popularity, to his themes, writing style, and passion for running that inspired “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.”

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