Murakami hosts 1st radio show

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press)— Prominent novelist Haruki Murakami took part in a radio program for the first time on Sunday and revealed that he learned his manner of writing from music.

Murakami, 69, served as a disc jockey on the program, which was aired by the Japan FM Network Association’s 38 stations, including Tokyo FM.

In the program, entitled, “Murakami Radio — Run and Songs,” he said he listens to a variety of music on a portable player during his daily running.

He introduced about 10 tunes, mainly American rock music, including Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and a jazz musician’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.”

Along with memories about each song, Murakami spoke about the impact of music on his creative activity.

“I write physically while being conscious of rhythm and harmony. I learned how to write mostly from music,” he said.Speech

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