Monday 27 May 2013


Despite this blog being relatively Japan-light over the past few months, I still get far more hits from people I assume are here for the Japan stuff than the books, or the cakes, or the vague reminiscences and semi-amusing anecdotage. That’s not a complaint at all, but it does mean that I think this recent post by regular commenter Pep over at Two Dudes in an Attic might be of interest to what few of you pass for my readership, and I recommend having a look –

I’ll also use this as an opportunity to trail the 1Q84 readalong Pep and I have pencilled in for June. I’ve never done one of these before, but I assume it involves reading the book and at some point before the end comparing notes. And maybe at the end as well. I certainly don’t have time for anything more demanding than that, so I wouldn’t worry about it representing too onerous a commitment if you are at all interested.

It’s been sitting on an shelf looking bulky and absorbing for about a year now, so if nothing else this should act as motivation to finally read the damn thing. I think Momotaro will be joining us too (if he’s still around), and anyone else who fancies it is more than welcome. If you’ve already read it please feel free to heckle from the sidelines, just don’t be a dick with the spoilers. More news as and when.


  1. Thanks for the shout out! Looking forward to our little Murakami party.

    1. Should be interesting, if seemingly quite 'intimate'. Just you and me buddy...