Acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami hosted a radio show from home on Friday offering a more pleasant view of the world with his favorite songs, saying that fighting the coronavirus is a challenge to find ways to help and care for each other.
The 71-year-old writer, known for bestsellers such as “A Wild Sheep Chase” and “Windup Bird Chronicle,” said that He hoped the program “will end some of the coronavirus-related sadness.”
Murakami opened the two-hour evening show, “Murakami Radio Stay Home Special,” featuring “Look for the Silver Lining,” from the Modern Folk Quartet. This song was followed by a selection of 18 songs from classical, jazz, pop and rock music. The common thread: the smile, the sun, the rainbow, the memories of birthdays and other happy aspects of life.
Comparing the fight against the coronavirus to a war, as politicians often do, is inappropriate, Murakami said. “It is challenging for us to discover ways to share our wisdom to cooperate, help each other, and maintain balance. It is not a war to kill each other but a fight of wisdom that allows us all to live, “he said. “Here there is no need for enmity or hatred.”
Music is an important element in the stories of Murakami. An avid listener and music collector, he has written books on the subject and has a record library in his studio, from where he conducted the show on Friday.
Since August 2008, every two months the writer presents a program called “Murakami Radio” on Tokyo FM. The station said Friday’s was his idea to encourage those living under stress under the state of emergency that remains in place in some parts of the country, including the capital Tokyo.
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