All you have to do is wait,” I explained. “Sit tight and wait for the right moment. Not try to change anything by force, just watch the drift of things. Make an effort to cast a fair eye on everything. If you do that, you just naturally know what to do. But everyone’s always too busy. They’re too talented, their schedules are too full. They’re too interested in themselves to think about what’s fair.Haruki Murakmai - Dance Dance Dance (submitted by @mountain-light)
Anonymous said: Hi! I was wondering if you had the original japanese text for the quote “I want you always to remember me. Will you remember that I existed, and that I stood next to you here like this?” thanks! x
- Norwegian Wood
Saturday night in.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Natasha Lanigan
Pure love for another person, and what people call romantic love, are two different things. Pure love doesn’t manipulate the relationship to one’s advantage, but romantic love is different. Romantic love contains other elements—the desire to be loved by the other person, for instance. If purely loving another was enough, you wouldn’t suffer because of unrequited love. As long as the other person was happy, there wouldn’t be any need to suffer because you weren’t being loved in return. What makes people suffer is the desire to be loved by another person. So I decided that romantic love and pure love for a person are not the same. And that by following this you could lessen the pain of unrequited love.
Hiroyuki Kano of Ōmu Shinrikyō
from Haruki Murakami’s Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche.
Illustrations for The Second Bakery Attack by Haruki Murakami
That night I lost you, I lost something inside me. Or perhaps several things. Something central to my existence, the very support for who I am as a person.Haruki Murakami - 1Q84
Character studies from the novel, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami.
Top left to bottom right: Tohru, Naoko, Midori, and Kizuki.