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Late to posting this today, but this is Day 4 of the #7bookschallenge. Post the covers of 7 books you love on 7 successive days: no explanations, just covers. I was nominated by @sophiatobin1. I nominate @mattblackreads, should he want to join in. #7booksin7days #7coverschallenge #harukimurakami #underground #greatnonfiction #japanesewriters #tokyosarinattack #booksilove #bookstagram #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram

[Kenzaburō Ōe ♡ A Personal Matter, 1964] ☆☆ A literary masterpiece! Perfect in the composition, craft of words, importance of thought, lenght! Full of wonderful little observations (Ex. "the baby's complexion as red as a boiled schrimp" or "the wind careening around like a frightened chicken"), and that fiery, brutish energy young male writers sometimes possess. ☆☆ Story is simple - man nicknamed Bird because he looks like a bird - is coming to terms with the birth of his mentally disabled son. This part of the novel is inspired by the author's personal experience. His son Hikari suffers from autism and is so much represented in his writings, some critics think that "without Hikari there would be no Oe literature.” In every other aspect, anti-hero of this novel differs from the writer: He is not satisfied with his teaching position or family life, and fears he will never get to fulfill his lifelong dream of visiting Africa. ☆☆ From that simple yet powerful premise an unbelievable 'tour de force' develops - pondering on what's right and what's wrong, and what it means to be a responsible adult. Can we still follow our dreams as grownups? Or, do our dreams change with the change of the lifestyle? Maybe the answer is 'pluralistic universe' Bird's friend Himinko is so passionate about. When faced with a hard decision, different 'me' chooses different paths. Meaning, there's more of 'us' out there, all living different lives. ☆☆ Minus certain parts that would be unacceptable if they were written today (concerning gender) - I cannot see a flaw in this grand novel, my first by the Japanese Nobel winner Kenzaburo Oe, but I am sure - not my last! #bookquotes ~~ "...something substantial and giant stirred sluggishly inside him. The whisky he had just poured into his stomach Bird effortlessly puked. Kikuhiko swiftly wiped the counter clean and set up a glass of water; Bird only stared dumbly into space. What was he trying to protect from that monster of a baby that he must run so hard and so shamelessly? What was it in himself he was so frantic to defend? The answer was horrifying - nothing! Zero!" [To be continued]

Viva Leer
(@viva_leer)

13 Days 5 Hours Ago

Opinión impopular: No me gusta Murakami. No me parece mal escritor ni mucho menos, y me alegro de que exista y tenga éxito, pero no es lo mío. He leído esta novela y un par más y nunca me ha convencido. Termino la lectura con una sensación de vacío, de insatisfacción. El realismo mágico, la fantasía y los saltitos sueño-realidad nunca me han gustado y creo que nunca me gustarán. Me cuesta engancharme a ese tipo de relatos. Del libro este poco puedo decir porque no tengo muchos recuerdos. Me resultó bastante irregular, a veces captaba mi atención pero otras se me hacía bola. La bola inclinó la balanza y terminé por no verle el interés. Tengo un recuerdo especialmente aburrido: cuando el prota iba a la piscina cubierta 😑. Vamos, creo que se tiraba media novela en ella... 🙄😌 No creo que en el futuro próximo me dé por retomar a este autor, pero si alguien quiere sugerirme algún título suyo que sea más costumbrista (y más corto), quizá le dé otra oportunidad 🤷 ¿A alguien más le pasa esto con el japonés?👇📝 #murakami #cronicadelpajaroquedacuerdaalmundo #tusquets #vivaleer #literaturajaponesa #fail #bookstagram #bookstagramespaña #bookish #bookaddict #bookporn #bookaholic #booklover #read #igreads #igreaders #igbooks #bookstagramer #dimeunlibro #leoycomparto #yoleo #leermola #book #japon #japan #japanesewriters

Wajiha
(@wajiha.hyder)

14 Days 9 Hours Ago

So what does one do when one is infinitely bored and life, as it is, doesn’t make much sense? One picks up a Murakami. And from what I’m discovering now, Murakami doesn’t disappoint. Now, I just started reading this and I do not, in any way, want to jinx my already slow reading situation here, but this book looks promising. And I do believe that I might, just might, be able to overcome this powerful reader’s block that has been haunting me. So here’s to Murakami, spring and battling reader’s block of sorts. Cheers!

ほしゆき☆☃
(@panyukiii)

22 Days 10 Hours Ago

みんなもがいてる。  原稿を書き上げた夜、給料予定額を確かめながら波のように押し寄せた感情をそのまま書き殴った。  URL:https://panyukiii.goat.me/fw149AUrQs (プロフィールからも飛べるよ)  全然格好よくないし、抱いても隠したいと思う感情だけど、この生々しい鮮度のまま書き残して公開してやれ!って勢いで。 もし、いま同じように戦ってる人がいたら、私も同じだよって言いたかった。  私めっちゃ情けないし、グチャグチャだよ。こんな人も立ち向かってるから、「自分いけるっしょ!」って思ってくれる人がいるかもなって(笑)   公開してみたら、フリーランスとか会社員とか関係なく、みんなみんな、理想と現実と、夢とお金と。 思った以上にその狭間でたくさん戦ってるってことがわかったよ。  おんなじこと何回も言うようなとっ散らかった文章に触れて、わかる!私も!!って 毎日働いて、毎日変わりたくて、毎日成長したくて、濃霧の道をかきわけて進んでいる人がこんなにもいる。  涙が滲むほど背中を押されたのは、わたしだった。  #freelance#freewriteq#writer#japanesewriting#japanesewriters#text#diary#blog#goatblog#hope#hopstepjump#media#work#working#career#careerwoman#フリーランス#フリーランサー#フリーライター#個人事業主#奮闘記#記録ノート#日記#苦悩#夢と現実#挑戦者#ブログ#ブログ更新

New book day 📚 Started reading ‘strange weather in Tokyo’ by Hiromi Kawakami 🍤 .. . Tonight I’m heading to @fiveleavesbooks to hear Sayaka Murata speak about Japan Now. ❤️ I’m completely obsessed with Japan and loved her book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #japanese #japanesewriters #strangeweatherintokyo #bookstagram #contemporaryfiction #reading #lunchbreak #zatchels #girlswhoread #rosegoldeverything #readingnoo #japan #japanobsessed #booknerd #japanesebooks #nottingham #femalewriters #inspiration #rest

[NORMALITY IS OVERRATED] Convenience store in this novel is nothing but a metaphor of a "normal" world preserving its illusion of normality by eliminating members of society not able to adapt to its norms and values, social dropouts who don't align with the ordinary and are, thus, hard to understand and easy to fear (what is unknown is dangerous, right?). One of of these 'foreign object', as they are called by the author, is Keiko, 36 yrs old unmarried part-time store worker. In order to survive without being noticed and judged for what she is (or what she's not - either married with children or having a career), she occasionally puts on a mask of normality, pretends to be like everyone else by mimicking what others do and say. Philosophicay speaking, she's mimicking mimics as there's no such a thing as 'ordinary person' and everybody is just playing a role (most often unconciously). Tenth novel of Sayaka Murata, popular Japanese writer, not only questions the thin line between what normal is and is not by bringing to absurd 'playing the role'; but is also a delightful, unpretentious read. Deep in its simplicity. I highly recommend it! 😊 #bookquote ~~When you work in a convenience store, people often look down on you for working there. I find this fascinating, and I like to look them in the face when they do this to me. And as I do so I always think: that’s what a human is. [To be contined in comments]

Penny
(@pennytasks)

2019-02-13 10:33:45

I've been meaning to venture into Japanese crime books for ages. Have you read any? I've read some Murakami and some great short novels. I get a sense that Japanese writers have a particularly good way with descriptive language and I enjoy reading them slowly and savouring a good phrase. I picked this up cheap on the market today and LOVE the cover. #japanesewriters #japanesecrimenovel #natsuokirino #loveagoodbook #bookworm

Cristina D'Anna
(@cri_danna)

2019-01-29 00:37:42

Appena uscito, fresco di stamattina! Quanto ti ho aspettato, Commendatore!

Encontre este tremendo libro de poesia japonesa, botado en el suelo a 500 pesos, en la sin par feria de Ictinos. Volvi a recuperar la fe un rato... pero ya me recupere #japanesepoetry #poesiajaponesa #japanesewriters #ictinospeñalolen #peñalolencity #santiagodechile #santiagoadicto

New book day! 📚 I love Murakami and I am so excited to read this 🍤 ‘Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche’ 🦇 about the 1995 Aum Shinrikyo gas attack on a Tokyo underground station 🍣 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #cult #japan #japanesewriters #harukimurakami #murakami #books #newbookday #truecrime #crime #reading #readingnook #relax #tokyo #fridaymood #cantwait #girlswhoread

Manu 马努
(@tiantianmanu)

2019-01-24 04:41:17

新书!! New book!! 📖 Yukio Mishima 🇯🇵 #yukiomishima #book #books #看书 #新书 #japanesewriters #scrittorigiapponesi

Jaanu
(@jaanusreadingnook)

2019-01-17 20:37:47

I love reading fantasy .This was my first fantasy series set in Japan which I read last year and it was pretty good .This is a translation of a set of novels written by Nahoko Uehashi and published by Kodansha from 2006 till 2009.It is about Erin who has inherited her mothers talent to treat fierce beasts.I loved the vivid natural descriptions and the message throughout the novel on the importance of taking care of wild animals. #anaquarianslibrary #thebeastplayer #nahokouehashi #japanesefantasy #translatedfromjapanese #japanesewriters #japanese #kodansha #kemononosoja #unitedbookstagram #bibliophile #erin #igreads #fantasyseries #bookrecommendations #bookishfeatures #beautifulcovers #bestreadsof2018

Happy Birthday #harukimurakami ! 1Q84, his surrealist meditation on love and isolation is three volumes of pure mind altering beauty. #johngall ‘s brilliant book design is a masterpiece of it’s own. Such an important work from such an important author. . . #novel #greatliterature #fiction #books #bookdesign #murakami #literature #bookcovers #1q84 #surrealism #magicalrealism #japan #japanesewriters #bookphotography #bookstyling #surrealistliterature #bookdisplay #bookstore #greatauthors #writers #lit #contemporaryliterature #happy #read #strandbookstore #inspiration #classic #masterpiece

One day, responding online to the many #questions fans ask him, a lady asked Murakami what she should do, because her cat disappeared and she couldn't find him. So he answered «Cats just disappear sometimes. You have to #love and #appreciate them while they’re near you». . . Well... Like #people, I guess. We must #learn to appreciate their #presence while they're near, because sometimes, also people just #choose to go away from us and disappear... Let's #enjoy in the meanwhile ❤️ . . #harukimurakami #murakami #birthday #70years #books #libri #instabooks #bookagram #japanesewriters #japan #cats #cat #literature #japanliterature #scrittorigiapponesi #letteratura #letteraturagiapponese

'Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in fight, searching the skies for dreams' Happy 70th birthday to my favourite writer @harukimurakamiofficial ✨💕🌕✨ Looking forward to receiving my copy of Birthday girl, released in celebration 🥃📚🎉 #harukimurakami #bookstagram #hardboiledwonderlandandtheendoftheworld #muse #quotes #quotestoliveby @instagram #inspiration #whatimreading #bookshelf #bookworm #toreadlist #bibliophile #bookreview #amreading #japanesewriters #1q84 🌕🌕 #awildsheepchase #colorlesstsukurutazaki #theelephantvanishes #kafkaontheshore #wind #pinball #thewindupbirdchronicle #killingcommendatore

ariamonkey
(@stellinacollassata)

2019-01-06 10:47:49

Il richiamo del Japan💚 Japan is calling me.I absolutely fell in love with japanese literature when I was about twenty years old.The first author I read was Murakami,with his "Tokyo blues Norwegian woods" then I started reading every japanese author available in Italy: Banana Yoshimoto,Tanizaki,Mishima,Mori Ogai,Wataya Risa,Yasunari Kawabata,Kazuo Ishiguro and so on... When I read about Japan and Japanese culture I feel at home💚 #muratasayaka#edizionieo#japan#japaneseauthor#literature#japanforever#japanesewriters#culture#passion#oriente#sollevante#instabook#picoftheday#bestoftheday#readingislove#feltrinellimilano#altreletterature

"In the beginning, woman was truly the sun. An authentic person. Now she is the moon, a wan and sickly moon, dependent on another, reflecting another's brilliance." ~~ Raicho Hiratsuka (1886-1971). Right now I am trying to find out all I can about this intriguing pioneering Japanese writer, journalist and a feminist and, in general, feminism in Japan of the 1920s (and before). If you have anything in mind, let me know.😊 The thing is, this quote irresistibly reminds me of the poststructuralist feminist writings of Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous. It was interesting to find the same 'line of thought' expressed in the writtings of a woman living in the times and the social context so different to Europe and Paris of the 60s/70s. Even if my interpretation of Hiratsuka's words is not aligned with the meaning some Japanese culturologist would assign to it, still I am enjoying it so much! 💖 #raichohiratsuka #feminisminjapan #earlyfeminism #feminism #feministwriters #japan #japanesewriters #quotes #inspiringquotes

"What is to be done with such memories? They get scattered, left behind. Over these past few years, more pleasant recollections have taken the lead, informing all the rest, like a flock of birds, heading as one body along an altered course of nostalgia." . In these quiet, sad stories set in World War II era Japan, characters grapple with loss. They have lost loved ones, but they are also losing ways of life, centuries of culture breaking before an inevitable wave Westernization. The stories in this collection are delicate and beautiful, filled with nostalgia and grace. #currentlyreading #thelawsofevening #maryyukariwaters #readwomen #asianwriters #japanesewriters #shortstories #booksandfood #ramen

‘Ikiru’ the translation being ‘to live’ is essentially the Film itself, a universal narrative repeating throughout eternity. The slim: A bureaucrat, 30 years into his paper pushing position, discovers he has cancer. Now comes the realization that his life has been one without meaning, and now facing death, he attempts to fill the emptiness, looking to others to illuminate what it is that one does in life. Ultimately, the answer does indeed arrive, from the least expected source, thereupon setting him off to complete his final chapter. Not a new story, for sure. However, we’re talking about Akira Kurosawa, the brilliant Japanese Director. With ‘Ikiru’ Kurosawa accomplishes what others Films failed to do so, he gets the idea right, bequeathing the viewer a beautiful mental note that ‘time is indeed short.’ Kurosawa, known for monumental spectacles, set aside awe and grandeur to create this miniature cinematic gem sparkling with cautionary rhythms. The Black/White photography worked harmoniously with the Film’s narrative creating powerful images that, at times, were absent of dialogue. Gray plays an unusually balanced role, especially in certain scenes where the two dominating shades are relaxed in fixed positions. In any given scene you may witness 50 shades of gray, thereby later on, thinking back, you question whether the Film was in color. Manny #ikirufilm #ikirumovie #akirakurosawa #japanesedirectors #japanesefilms #japanesemovies #tokyofilmfestival #cannesfilmfestival #japanesewriters #film #planetmanny21

Guidable Japan
(@guidablejapan)

2018-12-03 16:31:31

📚 Fancy a walk in Nastume Soseki’s steps through Tokyo? Natsume Soseki is a famous writer in Japanese literature. Some of his works include I Am a Cat, Kokoro, and Botchan. We have listed an Old Tokyo Guide featuring some famous Natsume Soseki spots to check out. The first stop though is the Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum and cafe in Waseda. Link in bio for new article about Old Tokyo and Natsume Soseki. ・ ・ ・ ・ #natsumesoseki #japaneseliterature #natsumesosekimemorialmuseum #japanesewriters #japan #japaneseculture #guidable #writersinjapan #tokyo #natsumesosekitokyo #instajapan #photography #travel #日本 #夏目漱石

"...no es que no deba existir un factor de riesgo, y, en realidad, cuanto mayor sea el peligro, tanto mejor" #junichirotanizaki #thekey #lallave #japanesewriters #bookstagram #instabook #leeresunvicio #bibliofilia #worldreadingchallenge

Ever since I read Kakuzo Okakura's 'The book of tea' I've been obsessed with Japanese philosophy and literature (I wanna go to Japan so bad!🏯). Since then I read 'In Praise of Shadows' by Junichiro Tanizaki (which I also loved) and Yukio Mishima's 'Confessions of a mask'. Jesus, I already knew the dude was intense given how he died - seppuku, in case you were wondering - but I wasn't expecting the book to have so many references about his suicide wish (apparently thinking about other men committing seppuku turned him on 😐) but nonetheless it was still a great read and I'm still fascinated by him! I really wanna read more books by Japanese authors, do you know any you can recommend? . . . . . #books #reading #reader #bookstagram #bookstagramer #bookworm #bookphotography #bibliophile #booklover #bookaddict #instareads #book #bookaholic #literature #japaneseliterature #japaneseauthors #japanesewriters #yukiomishima #picoftheday

Ogata Tetsuo
(@ogatatetsuo)

2018-11-30 10:14:21

Novo unboxing JB COMERCIO GLOBAL #jbcomercioglobal #unboxing #livros #livrosjapao #instabooks #booktube #bookholic #autoresjaponeses #nijitv #literaturajaponesa #japaneseliterature #japanesewriters E um muito obrigado à JB Comércio Global. CHECK THE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/9Hmonu7heFE

De brug der dromen van de Japanse schrijver Jun'ichiro Tanizaki verpakt in een elegante zachtroze furoshiki. ❤️❤️❤️ €34,95 samen €39,90. #debrugderdromen #junichirotanizaki #japanesewriters #josvos #nederlandsevertaling #bridgeofdreams #japanseliteratuur #japaneseliterature @debezigebij

Tanya Geddes
(@tanya_geddes)

2018-11-28 12:33:49

“Over and over, we begin again,” ~Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen 🍌 . . . Change is the only constant in life. Why then do we cling so much to keeping everything the same? Control and permanence is an illusion. . . . Perhaps the only thing to do is dive into the unknown from time to time, in the hope that we can learn something about ourselves and those around us 🌊

I try to space out reading books written by writers I love. It helps put their work into perspective and also diminishes the sense of familiarity that you get with an author's style. I had promised myself that I won't read a Murakami this year becase the last two books that I read did not excite me the way his writing usually does. But then books, like everything else in life, are utterly unpredictable and usually have a way of changing set plans etched in your head. "After The Quake" made its way to me at my favourite local bookstore and its relatively slim volume made me decide to give it a chance over a weekend. If Norwegian Wood made me fall in love with Murakami, this will be the book that will be remembered as the one that reignited that spark. 'After The Quake' is a collection of six short stories about people who have been affected by the Kobe earthquake. And in true Murakami fashion he brings in the bizarre with the mundane, he'll make you recall your loneliest moments and make you feel love that's achingly beautiful.

My most recent ebook purchase was inspired by a post from the legendary Patti Smith. The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, edited by Jay Rubin and introduced by Haruki Murakami. I am very excited about this collection, many of the stories appear here in English for the first time. And I love that while it covers a longish period (from the 19th century to our days), it is organized by general themes. #thepenguinbookofjapaneseshortstories #jayrubin #harukimurakami #japaneseshortstories #japaneseliterature #japanesewriters #literatureintranslation #readtheworld ##relatosjaponeses #shortstories #relatos #cuentos #instalibros #instabooks #instalivres #bookstagram

Bo Ilsoe
(@boilsoe)

2018-11-18 10:56:42

What a great book #harukimurakami #bestbook #japanesewriters

You know i'm all about that double book life 😊📚 2 books on the go always always means a #guiltfree #reread so dusting off another #murakami 🖤❤️✨ really looking forward to reading #jodipicoult as she has been on my to read list for ages!! 😍 #bookwormproblems #smallgreatthings #hardboiledwonderlandandtheendoftheworld #borrowedbooks #bookstagram #amreading #ilovebooks #booknerd #books #bibliophile #bookstagrammer #bookreview #whatimreading #bookclub @kimmersbooks #bookshelf #kimmersbooks #authors #toreadlist #bookrecommendations #japanesewriters #womenwriters #womenauthors #bookworm

Dave H.
(@spinozahume)

2018-11-06 10:41:01

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami (2014) This collection of seven stories, touching on the experience of alienation and insight produced by relationships or a lack thereof, create the impression that Murakami is attempting to nullify the first half of the trite adage: can’t live with them; can’t live without them. He succeeded beautifully.

In Tokyo meeting international writers https://www.facebook.com/138372393537927/posts/258392824869216/ #novels #nonfiction #australianwriters #japanesewriters #yokohama #rightinfrontofme

Murasaki Shikibu wrote what is believed to be the first novel, The Tale of Genji. All of the above quotes by Murasaki are from the Tale of Genji. #quotes #historicalquotes #quotesbywomen #quotesfromhistory #womeninhistory #tpt #teacherspayteachers #historyteachers #worldhistory #asianhistory #japanesewriters #womenauthors #japanesehistory

DancingSufi
(@dancing_sufi)

2018-10-30 00:54:03

I asked the extremely curious, and agile its name, and the cat said, ' "I forget my name,”... “I had one, I know I did, but somewhere along the line I didn’t need it anymore. So it’s slipped my mind.'~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore. #cat #cats #harukimurakamiquotes #harukimurakami #murakami #kafkaontheshore #japanesewriters #japan #wordporn #writers

2 books on the go always 📚😍 Blue skies nowhere to be found today, thought Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his years of pilgrimage would be the perfect companion ☁️☁️☁️☁️☁️ #harukimurakami #nofilter #sky #colorlesstsukurutazaki #murakami #bibliophile #bookstagram #amreading #toreadlist #bookworm #bookrecommendations #bookshelf #ilovebooks #bookstagrammer #bookreview #whatimreading #bookclub @kimmersbooks #booknerd #japanesewriters

A ten-year-old nameless narrator holds the reins of this impressive novella. Lauded by Haruki Murakami for her narrative control and stylistic diversity , Kawakami pins her narrative on a young awkward boy who counts his steps while walking up to the only place that matters the most to him- a sandwich counter in a shopping mall. That’s where the object of his interest Miss Ice Sandwich works, a nickname he lovingly gave her because of the electric blue eyeliner that she uses. He has been in love with Miss Ice Sandwich ever since his mother first took him to the sandwich stand and he goes to buy a sandwich everyday even though he doesn’t like it that much.  Kawakami’s first book to be translated into English is wonderfully presented keeping the simplicity and the aesthetic core intact. The stream of consciousness pulls the reader into the innocent world of the narrator that is filled with longing and loneliness. He talks to his mother but his mother is either too busy or too tired to respond, his father has been dead for a long time and he vaguely remembers him in small bursts of memories. He shares his secrets with his grandmother who is bedridden and slowly dying and who cannot respond to his attempts to conversate with her. Miss Ice Sandwich is a like a distant dream that would never become a reality and yet her existence brings a sense of solace and happiness to our young narrator. It’s his only friend Tutti who he interacts with on a daily basis and is the one who helps him grow as an individual and pushes him to express his feelings for Miss Ice Sandwich. Kawakami creates vivid snapshots with her controlled and impressive narrative and Miss Ice Sandwich is nothing short of a fine penmanship. #japanesewriters #miekokawakami #japanesefiction #bookpost #bookstagram #bookreviews

A thirty-something portrait painter from Tokyo finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist after being abandoned by his wife. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances, and to close it he must undertake an epic journey. A tour de force of love and loneliness, war and art (as well as a loving homage to The Great Gatsby) Haruki Murakami’s new masterpiece, Killing Commendatore, is a stunning work of imagination that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.

(@msahmadu)

2018-10-09 02:10:25

Location: @foylesforbooks Charing Cross Road, London Much excitement while getting seated for the Japan Foundation Author Talk with @sayaka_murata_ author of Convenience Store Woman, which won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. #writers #日本文学 #ロンドン #japanesewriters #londonevents #foylesbookshop #foyleslondon #sayakamurata #konbininingen #bookishthings #japaneseliterature #igreads #akutagawaaward #instareaders📚 #instareaders #readersofig #bookishlove #📖 #bookstafam #msahmadu #readersofinstagram #bookstagramjapan #本好き #igbooks #instabookstagram #文学 #訳本 #bookstagramnigeria #conveniencestorewoman

A.M.Hauldren
(@amhauldren)

2018-10-06 08:06:27

Today’s topic is: The masks we wear. Do you feel like you have to wear a mask in certain situations in life? . . I feel we all had a time in life we had to wear a mask, we had to pretend we were who we were not or felt what we didn’t actually feel. Maybe not entirely, but at least partially. Maybe the mask was translucent, only with a fake smile drawn at the bottom of it, to cover our fear, sadness or dispair. To not to bother other people with our true feelings at that moment. What is the reason behind putting a mask on? Sometimes it is a try to hide something we don’t like and present ourselves to the world in a different light, sometimes it is a fear to show who we truly are, or simple shame of what would others think about all the scars in our faces if we removed the mask. But I think we should at least try and put it down, if not for all the world to see at least for the ones we love the most. There is too much pretense, too much shame about being wrong and fear to show the insecurities we have. But once we all put the masks down and look into each other’s faces, we will find we are not the only ones with the scars, we all have wrinkles of time and maybe a grey hair or too from life. And only then we will know that it’s ok, the scars and wrinkles make us who we are. . . “Of course, according to one theory a mask is apparently the expression of an extremely metaphysical aspiration to give oneself a kind of transcendental disguise, for the mask is not simply something compensatory.” . . “[...]love strips the mask from each of us, and we must endeavor for those we love to put the mask on so that it can be taken off again. For if there is no mask to start with, there is no pleasure in removing it, is there?” ― Kōbō Abe, The Face of Another . . #koboabe #thefaceofanother #japanesewriter #japanesewriters #japan #absurdistfiction #flowersandbooks #booksandflowers

Kari Maldonado
(@aoikarin)

2018-10-04 19:28:04

頭は間違うことがあっても血は間違わない。 . . . . . #japanesewriters #literature #japanese #nakajimaatsushi #bungostraydogs

(@msahmadu)

2019-02-09 03:26:12

Obviously, my mumu button is working today seeing as I deleted my post by mistake 🙄 Can't write that plenty English again now abeg. Somtin somtin somtin somtin somtin somtin. #japaneseliterature #igreaders #instareaders📚 #instareaders #readersofig #bookishlove #📖 #bookstafam #bookishthings #msahmadu #readersofinstagram #bookstagramjapan #msahmadu #本好き #igbooks #訳本 #be #instabookstagram #文学 #今日は本を読もう #bookstagramnigeria #bookstagramafrica #bookstafam #japanesewriters #dearblackgirl

I’ve officially got 4 books on the go but this just arrived: ‘Convenience Store Woman’ by Sayaka Murata 💛💀I cant wait to read it so here we are...💛 . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #japan #japanesewriting #femalewriters #books #bookstagram #reading #international #conviencestorewoman #japanesewriters #travel #saturdayvibes #chill #read #lesbianswithbooks #bed #relax #sitdown #quiettime #imalsodoingafacemask

Basaldúa
(@alwaysbasaldua)

25 Days 18 Hours Ago

Special Sales Kimonos “Wrap The Streets”. Ven a conocer la colección a Serrano 8, con precios especiales para clientes, los días 18,19 y 20 de julio en horario ininterrumpido de 10:30 a 19:30. #basaldúa #kimono #junichirotanizaki #inspiredbyjapan #japanesewriters #japaneseliterature #elelogiodelasombra #literaturajaponesa #kimono

QJ
(@queenboey)

2018-10-14 08:25:24

Completed 6 great books by various Jepun authors and I'm on to my 7th! Love Inugami Clan and Coin Locker Babies best. Never ever read so many novels in such a short period. :) Wonderful feeling. #inugamiclan #yokomizo #japaneseauthors #japanese #japanesewriters #novels #coinlockerbabies #ryumurakami #murakami #piercing #yasutakatsutsui