6 Destinations for Your (Own) Haruki Murakami Tour in Tokyo
Don't know what to do at Tokyo? Why not try a Haruki Murakami themed tour!
Feb 28 2015
Sight seeing can be hard, especially in a bustling city like Tokyo. There are so many things to see, eat and experience. Going to the classics, like Tokyo Tower, Asakusa and Roppongi Hills, is always fun, but I have a suggestion for those who are looking for something a little different.
I'm sure readers have heard the name, Haruki Murakami. He is a famous Japanese author, with many fans worldwide. Why not set up a tour (by yourself), and visit places related to him? Here are seven places you could go!
1. Waseda UniversityPanoramio upload bot/Wikimedia Commons *_*/Flickr
Haruki Murakami graduted from Waseda University in 1975. He stayed here for 7 years, whilst married to his current wife and running a jazz bar in Kichijoji.
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There are 2 places you can visit from Sputnik Sweetheart.
2. Inokashira Parkトトト/Wikimedia Commons
"We were sitting as usual side by side at Inogashira Park, on her favorite bench. The pond was spread out before us. A windless day. Leaves lay where they had fallen, pasted on the surface of the water. I could smell bonfire somewhere far away. The air was filled with the scent of the end of autumn, and far-off sounds were painfully clear." - Sputnik Sweetheart, p. 18
A charming scene between K and Sumire was done here in Inogashira Park. It's a 5 minute walk from Kichijoji station on the Chuo line. It is especially beautiful in the fall.
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3. The intersection near MEIDI-YA storeRotatebot/Wikimedia Commons
"I was on my way to visit some relatives who lived downtown and was stopped at a traffic light in Hiroo, at the intersection near the MEIDI-YA store, when I spotted the navy-blue Jaguar inching its way forward in the heavy traffic." - Sputnik Sweetheart, p.224
It's an intersection, nothing more. But it means a lot in the book, and probably for fans too.
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Moving on to Dance Dance Dance.
4. Takeshita Do-ri, HarajyukuDick Thomas Johnson/Flickr
"At five, I walked to Harajuku and wandered through the teenybopper stalls along Takeshita street." - Dance Dance Dance, p. 214
Try finding an Elvis badge in the stalls. It may actually cost you a day. Brace yourself, since the crowd are going to be murderous.
[flexiblemap address="Jingu mae, Shibuya ku" title="Takeshita Street, Harajyuku"]
5. Shakey's Pizza, Shibuya storejun560/Flickr tatsuya.fukata/Flickr
"Gotanda smiled weakly, like the last glow of the summer sun between the leaves. 'When was the last time you saw anyone famous in Shakey's, my friend?'" - Dance Dance Dance, p.351
Reminiscence about Gotanda while eating your pizza. Your stomach and heart would be full by the end of your meal.
[flexiblemap address="32-15 Udagawa chou, Shibuya ku" title="Shakey's Pizza"]
6. Follow a stray cat多摩に暇人/Wikimedia Commons
Finding a stray cat in Tokyo is hard. Magic will probably happen when you follow it.
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.