400 short stories: story 304

story: “On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One April Morning” author: Haruki Murakami year: between 1980 and 1991 where: kitchen table, Abu Dhabi note: I'm unsure about the capitalization of that title. What I like about this story is that many people might find themselves in the initial situation. And I like that it doesn't … Continue reading 400 short stories: story 304


300 short stories: story 292

story: “The Grasshopper and The Bell Cricket” author: Yasunari Kawabata year: 1980s (?) where: bedroom, Abu Dhabi note: Kawabata was the first Japanese person to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968. a line:  “Even if they remembered forever that Fujio had given her the cricket and Kiyoko had accepted it, not even in dreams would Fujio … Continue reading 300 short stories: story 292

300 short stories:: story 210

story: “An Exotic Marriage” author: Yukiko Motoya year: 2018 (English translation) where: Train in Japan, Kyoto to Hiroshima note: This story was actually a novella, not much shorter than The Great Gatsby  a line: “The wife explained that it had all started with the stones in the flower dish she'd put by their bedside. 'They'd get to look … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 210

300 short stories:: story 189

story: “Man-eating Cats” author: Haruki Murakami year: 2006 where: in palestra note: a reread, a favorite, a fantasy! a line: “The wind was the wind at the edge of the world. An inescapable retro color filled the place. It made me feel as if I were being quietly swallowed up by an alien reality, something foreign and … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 189

300 short stories:: story 186

story: “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman” author: Haruki Murakami year: 2006 where: midday and golden note: I love Murakami's introduction to this collection. He writes, "My short stories are like soft shadows I've set out in the world, faint footprints I've left behind." a line: “My cousin lived nearby, but I was just over a decade older than him … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 186