Anonymous said: I found this quote of Haruki Murakami somewhere; i never want to be bound to anything i always want to be able to come and go as i please. Do you guys maybe know where it is from? Because I'm looking for the proper Japanese translation. Thank you for the awesome blog! X
That quote is from an interview Murakami gave to a German newspaper back in January. Full quote is here.
Due to the fact that this excerpt was published in German, there is no true Japanese source or translation of the sentence available.
Booktrailer: L’incolore Tazaki Tsukuru e i suoi anni di pellegrinaggio (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage) [Italian]
Kirin the unconfirmed cat of Haruki Murakami himself. by @monikapet
Talent can be a nice thing to have sometimes. You look good, attract attention, and if you’re lucky, you make some money. Women flock to you. In that sense, having talent’s preferable to having none. But talent only functions when it’s supported by a tough, unyielding physical and mental focus. All it takes is one screw in your brain to come loose and fall off, or some connection in your body to break down, and your concentration vanishes, like the dew at dawn. A simple toothache, or stiff shoulders, and you can’t play the piano well. It’s true. I’ve actually experienced it. A single cavity, one aching shoulder, and the beautiful vision and sound I hoped to convey goes out the window. The human body’s that fragile. It’s a complex system that can be damaged by something very trivial, and in most cases once it’s damaged, it can’t easily be restored. A cavity or stiff shoulder you can get over, but there are a lot of things you can’t get past. If talent’s the foundation you rely on, and yet it’s so unreliable that you have no idea what’s going to happen to it the next minute, what meaning does it have?Haruki Murakami - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Under the same two moons - Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
No matter how quiet and conformist a person’s life seems, there’s always a time in the past when they reached an impasse. A time when they went a little crazy. I guess people need that sort of stage in their lives.Haruki Murakami - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
But like a boat with a twisted rudder, I kept coming back to the same place. I wasn’t going anywhere. I was myself, waiting on the shore for me to return.Haruki Murakami - Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Haruki Murakami - Dance Dance Dance
I like the moments of darkness before dawn," she said. "Probably because it’s a clean slate. Clean and unused.Haruki Murakami - Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
An unfair society is a society that makes it possible for you to exploit your abilities to the limit.Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood