Haruki Murakami: Tokyo, Japan

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Haruki Murakami: Tokyo, Japan

Haruki Murakami: Tokyo, Japan

What Shaped Him: Raised in the port city of Kobe, Murakami grew up keenly aware of American pop culture, in the context of Japan's layered cityscapes. His works of fiction are at once love letters to the concrete streets, buildings and underground of Tokyo, and an alternate universe of endless reach.

Relive the Story: Following Murakami's characters around Tokyo, from a Denny's fast food joint to the Aoyama Itchome train station, is a good way to get an insider's view of the city. Grab a drink at the Nakamuraya Cafe, located in Shinjuku. It's a central meeting place in his latest novel, "1Q84."

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