2 years ago
hikaymm
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Some Advice from Haruki Murakami
After reading @caricakes card about Haruki Murakami's advice column, I went to check it only to find that much of the advice was in Japanese! There are some English questions and answers, since Murakami does speak English, but it can be confusing for English users to figure out where to look at the questions, and how to submit their own! So, I did some more research. First off, I found this nifty site where someone has translated how to submit queries! Here it is: https://jsmyth.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/ask-haruki-murakami-translation-of-the-question-form/ I also had found a site that was translating the questinos (neat-o!) but unfortunately, after it got some press, the site was politely asked to be taken down by Murakami's representatives. I hope (fingers crossed!) that means the original Murakami site might start providing better English support, but I'm not sure. Anyways, before it was taken down, I had the pleasure of finding these few tidbits of translated advice from Mr. Murakami. So, without further ado.... Q: Mr. Murakami, do you think that without John Frusciante, you can't really call them the "Red Hot Chili Peppers anymore? I love John's guitar playing. A: I saw when the Chili Peppers took the stage during Bruno Mars' Super Bowl halftime show. They still rock. It's amazing that they seem like they never grow up. Humans always mature before you know it, so we have to be careful. Q: Do you think cats can understand how humans feel? My cat Bobo ran away when she saw me crying. A: I suspect that either you or your cat is extremely sensitive. I have had many cats, but no cat has ever been so sympathetic. They were just as egoistic as they could be. Q: Do you have some places you always stay for a while? A: An easy question. In the bed with someone I love. Where else? Q: 30 is right around the corner for me, but there isn’t a single thing that I feel like I’ve accomplished. When I was young, I thought to be an ‘adult’ must be so wonderful, but my current reality is so far away from what I imagined. And when faced with that reality, I get very disheartened. What should I do with myself? A: I don’t mean to be rude, but I think “to be an ‘adult’ must be so wonderful,” is just wrong. ‘Adult’ is nothing more than an empty form. What you fill that form with is your own responsibility. Accomplishments don’t come easily. When you start to fill your ‘adult’ form little by little, then everything will begin. But 28 is not really ‘adult.’ You’re only just beginning. Q: My wife quite frequently belches right near the back of my head when she passes behind me. When I say to her, “Stop burping behind me all the time,” she says, “It’s not on purpose. It just comes out.” I don’t think I’m bringing it upon myself in any way. Is there something I can do to stop my wife’s belching? A: I hope you’ll pardon me for saying so, but I think belching is far better than farting. Perhaps you should think of it that way.
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