23 September 2014


“What matters is deciding in your heart to accept another person completely. When you do that, it is always the first time and the last.”
― Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

25 July 2014


“Poets give us insights into our world. Great poets give us insights into human life.”
— Kenneth Yasuda in the foreword to H. Jay Harris’ translation of ‘The Tales of Ise’

29 December 2013


'Does pain go away and leave no trace, then?'
'You sometimes even feel sentimental for it.'
― Yasunari Kawabata, Thousand Cranes

9 November 2013


“I am nothing. You are right. I’m like someone who’s been thrown into the ocean at night, floating all alone. I reach out, but no one is there. I call out, but no one answers. I have no connection to anything.”

- Haruki Murakami. 1Q84

2 November 2013


“Time passed. But time flows in many streams. Like a river, an inner stream of time will flow rapidly at some places and sluggishly at others, or perhaps even stand hopelessly stagnant. Cosmic time is the same for everyone, but human time differs with each person. Time flows in the same way for all human beings; every human being flows through time in a different way.”

― Yasunari Kawabata, Beauty and Sadness

"You've always been fond of understanding people too well."
"They should arrange not to be understood quite so easily."

― Yasunari Kawabata, Thousand Cranes

24 September 2013


“Generally, people who are good at writing letters have no need to write letters. They've got plenty of life to lead inside their own context.”

Haruki Murakami. A Wild Sheep Chase

22 September 2013


"In autumn, the evening - the blazing sun has sunk very close to the mountain rim, and now even the crows, in threes and fours or twos and threes, hurrying to their roost, are a moving sight."

From Sei Shonagon's "The Pillow Book". Chapter I. In spring, the dawn...
Translation by Meredith McKinney, Penguin Classics, 2006

2 September 2013


"In poetry there are no teachers. One makes antiquity one's teacher. Provided he steeps his mind in the styles of antiquity and learns his diction from the great poets of old, who can fail to compose good poetry?"

- Fujiwara no Teika

19 July 2013


"If I didn't hold her tight, I felt, she would fly off into pieces."

— Haruki Murakami. South of the Border, West of the Sun