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Murakami was born in post-war Japan as part of the baby boomer generation. Although he was born in Kyoto in 1949, he spent most of his youth in Kobe. His father was the son of a Buddhist priest. His mother was the daughter of an Osaka merchant. Both taught Japanese literature.

Since childhood, Murakami has been heavily influenced by Western culture, particularly Western music and literature. He grew up reading a range of works by American writers such as Kurt… read more

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