As a long-time Murakami reader and frequent traveler, I was waiting for a book like this to come out for a long time. I finally got to use this guide during a recent trip to Japan and it was an amazing experience to visit the actual locations from the books.
The guide is aesthetically pleasing and easy to use – each chapter is dedicated to one novel so there’s no need to worry about spoilers (although the reference section at the end is organized by location). The author provides a detailed itinerary on how to get from place to place. It was fascinating to read about the backgrounds of the real locations and also the context in which they were used in the novels.
The author also includes recommendations of things to see nearby the spots which appear in the novels. From my experience, these were easy to find and worth the visit. Sometimes these locations were relevant to Murakami’s personal life and while left out from his novels, it was interesting to see what a short distance they often were from the locations he did use for his books. My favorite location was the jazz bar from Pinball, 1973.
This is not a stand-alone guide to Japan and you should probably take this with you in addition to a typical travel guide like Lonely Planet. For example, you won’t find much tourist information on Kyoto because it doesn’t really appear in any Murakami novels. But for any Murakami fan this is a must have. There’s still a few novels I haven’t read so I’m looking to finishing those and taking The Murakami Pilgrimage back with me for my next trip.
The Murakami Pilgrimage: A Guide to the Real-Life Places of Haruki Murakami's Fiction ペーパーバック – 2016/12/4
- 出版社 : Sailingstone Press LLC (2016/12/4)
- 発売日 : 2016/12/4
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 232ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0998427837
- ISBN-13 : 978-0998427836
- 寸法 : 15.24 x 1.52 x 22.86 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 840,192位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)