Kyoto-born contemporary author Haruki Murakami is one of Japan’s most well-known novelists. His books blend both Japanese sensibilities with heavy influences using his fellow writers as muses specifically Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac and Franz Kafka. Despite the Western impact on his writing, he is beloved by audiences in Japan where his books have changed the direction of current Japanese contemporary literature.
One only needs to read his books Norwegian Wood and South of the Border to get its full effect. He is currently a writing fellow at Princeton and Tufts just to name a few. Luckily, we can still enjoy his works at this upcoming show.
This quirky and unique perspective has also been influenced by all art forms, specifically illustrators. It is to no surprise that this award-winning novelist has chosen to work closely with a group of Japanese illustrators who have taken concepts in his novels and imagination and put them into visual form. For those lucky enough to be in Tokyo, make sure to check out the Chihiro Art Museum (formerly the Chihiro Iwasaki Art Museum of Picture Books) in Nerima-ku. This seems like the perfect place to showcase Haruki Murakami’s art through illustrations. The works will be displayed in chronological and contextual order making it easy to follow along. Even his close friend, the late Mizumaru Anzai’s works will be shown as well.
Perfect for escaping the heat of the summer as well as having much-needed activity for youngsters (or even those young at heart) as people of all ages can easily appreciate art in the form of illustrations. The entrance fee is around 800 yen. So hurry up and see the exhibit while it lasts. The museum itself rotates exhibits at least 4 times every year and this particular exhibit, which began on May 27, 2016 will be available until August 5, 2016, perfectly blending artwork and writing. Happy viewing and exploring!