He simply does not play the Japanese game by Japanese rules.
Matthew Carl Strecher - The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami
Put another way, one was constantly in doubt as to whether Murakami’s characters lived in a magical world or were simply out of their minds.
Matthew Carl Strecher - The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami
He’s always got a book with him, and if there’s a lull in the conversation he may pull a book out and start reading it. He just knows an amazing amount of things but he complains about his bad memory. On a daily basis he probably does have a bad memory, and I think that has something to do with his interest in questions of memory and bringing back the past and things of that sort in his books. But he does remember an amazing amount of what he’s read and what he’s heard.
Jay Rubin on Haruki Murakami
He’s a human being. He’s a very nice guy, and he’s kind of low key in person. He’ll talk most if you talk about music with him because he loves music so much. It’s in his head all the time.
Jay Rubin on Haruki Murakami
Living in this transient world leaves many people with a sense of detachment. Not everyone can positively find their place in the real world, and many people live this life with unstated feelings and regrets. Murakami’s novels give a sense of relief to these people.
 Hiromi Shimada -  The Asahi Shimbun AJW
People are also looking for answers on how we can live up to the goodness in ourselves when the violence-filled, uncertain world is encouraging our vicious nature to control each of us. Murakami’s novels give them clue on how they should behave when they face an irrational fate.
Hiromi Shimada -  The Asahi Shimbun AJW
The preteen Murakami I remember is a boy with comedic talent, who used to crack up classmates with slapstick comedy and original flip books.
Shunichi Teshirogi, Haruki Murakami’s former class mate
Murakami is capable of helping readers see the attraction of music as if they are actually listening to it with him.
Shunichi Teshirogi, Haruki Murakami’s former class mate
The important thing for us is not whether Murakami-kun wins or not but that he knows we are rooting for him.
Kiyoko Kotani, Haruki Murakami’s former elementary school teacher, on Murakami and the Nobel Prize

Elementary school and growing up: Murakami as a young grape

Murakami’s elementary school class mate Keiko Sato talks about young Haruki.

You could say that Murakami Haruki has singlehandedly done more to raise Japan’s profile than any government scheme. And he’s never had any official support!
Professor Mao Danqing on his affection for Japan and his efforts to introduce its culture to young readers in China
He’s been remarkably easy to work with. It’s almost presumptuous of me to say that. I don’t really work with him. I design the covers, get them approved in-house, and at some point they get shown to him and he says, ‘Thank you very much.’ It’s about the most ideal case for a book designer.
Book designer Chip Kidd on Haruki Murakami
This man has an unbelievably fascinating imagination concerning women.
German actress Michaela May on Haruki Murakami
I just finished Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, it’s very surreal but really good. It’s like someone telling you about a really long dream they had and it actually being interesting.
Heino Schmid, Bahamian artist
It is a very realistic book, like Norwegian Wood. To me, it seems more serious, even somber, compared to some of his other novels, but one ultimately that is hopeful.
Translator Philip Gabriel on Haruki Murakami’s new novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage