In a deep well, reflections on reading Haruki Murakami’s Wind-up Bird Chronicle

It is a rare writer who can combine the spectra of recent history in its full horror, the dreams of love, and the mysteries of the soul. So is Monsieur Murakami. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle was published in Japan in 1995, and once again, I regretted my inability to read the novel in the writer's language. … Continue reading In a deep well, reflections on reading Haruki Murakami’s Wind-up Bird Chronicle

Playing tag!

 A big smile and thank you to Holly Michael (@HollyMichael) for tagging my photoblog and inviting me to tag in turn! As is the tradition, here are my answers to 11 questions, and then my tags... 1/ If you could change your name, what would you change it to and why? I probably would not, but, say, … Continue reading Playing tag!

#AtoZChallenge: April 28 – Y is for ¥

The Yen is Japan’s national currency. Its importance  in the world foreign exchange (Forex) markets reflect the size and dynamism of the Japanese economy. Japanese Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the measure of an industrial nation’s economic strength, is third worldwide, after the US and China. Since the demise of the Bretton Woods agreement in 1973, … Continue reading #AtoZChallenge: April 28 – Y is for ¥