Reader’s Guide: Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Reader’s Guide for Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage   This guide aims to enhance my students’ discussion of Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage.  Recommended article: Megumi Yama (2016) Haruki Murakami: Modern-Myth Maker beyond Culture, Jung Journal, 10:1, 87-95  Recommended documentary: Rupert Edwards  (2008). A Wild Sheep Chase: In Search of … Continue reading Reader’s Guide: Haruki Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Robert Steelhart’s A Whole Life

I finished reading Vienna-born, Berlin-based writer Robert Seethaler’s ‘A Whole Life’ . This is a beautiful and tender novel I will always keep on my favorite-books shelf. It is about Andreas Egger’s life, his relationship with solitude, ancient landscape, mountains… and with the arrival of modern world. It is about the meaning of life. It … Continue reading Robert Steelhart’s A Whole Life

Sunday Book Club (1): Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Mirror’

Thanks for reading Murakami’s short story “The Mirror” and joining the Sunday Book Club. Please feel free to write your comments about the story… about anything that the story has encouraged you to think about. I believe sharing the joy of reading and making comments here will make it possible for us to approach Murakami’s … Continue reading Sunday Book Club (1): Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Mirror’

Physical Activity Guidelines

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans has been revised, updated and published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The 118-page publication provides science-based guidance to help people ages 3 years and older improve their health through participation in regular physical activity. You can google the publication and save it on your computer … Continue reading Physical Activity Guidelines

Sunday Book Club

Dear bloggers, friends, colleagues, students, runners… I’d like to invite you to an online book reading club on Sunday. We will start with a six-page short story by Haruki #Murakami: “The Mirror”. On Sunday morning I will post on Instagram and invite you to post your comments on Murakami’s short story. I believe that we … Continue reading Sunday Book Club

The Berlin Wall

#BerlinWall #History November 9 1989 Opening of the Berlin Wall. “Long a symbol of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, erected in 1961 and eventually extending 28 miles (45 km) to divide the western and eastern sectors of Berlin, was opened by the East German government on this day in 1989.” (Britannica) The #BerlinWall in … Continue reading The Berlin Wall

Kazuo Ishiguro, Stacey Kent, Jazz

Happy birthday Kazuo Ishiguro! Japanese-British author. Born on November 8, 1954 in Nagasaki, Japan. The Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. Do you know Kazuo Ishiguro has contributed lyrics to several albums of Stacey Kent, jazz vocalist? For example, Ishiguro penned four of the tracks on Stacey Kent’s album “Breakfast On the Morning Tram”. Try … Continue reading Kazuo Ishiguro, Stacey Kent, Jazz