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Haruki Murakami Festival in Manila

The Japan Foundation, Manila is pleased to present the first ever Haruki Murakami Festival in Manila — Experience his Works through Music, Films and Talks from February to March 2018. The festival, which showcases one of the world’s best-selling and most popular Japanese contemporary novelists, Haruki Murakami, consists of a series of free events categorized in three segments where you will have opportunities to enjoy the world of Murakami with your senses: 1) “Talk about” Murakami: talks, 2) “Watch” Murakami: films; and 3) “Listen to” Murakami: live concerts.


Opening Night

Tuesday, Feb 27, 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Leong Hall Auditorium, Ateneo de Manila University
Free Admission. Registration is highly encouraged: Walk-ins are welcome at a first-come, first-served basis. Prof. Alona Guevarra, an expert on Haruki Murakami Studies, together with instructor Julz Riddle will discuss the popularity and global appeal of Murakami. The talk includes a performance by award-winning pianist April Dawnena Merced-Misa.

March 17 & 18, 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street Branch
Free Admission. Registration is highly encouraged: Walk-ins are welcome at a first-come, first-served basis. On March 17, three award-winning Filipino writers will talk about Murakami’s story, writing style, and social influence.  On March 18, two Filipino writers and running enthusiasts will talk about Murakami’s work and his dedication to running, as inspired by Murakami’s memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

“Watch” Murakami

* Norwegian Wood
Date: Thursday, March 15, 7pm
Venue: UP Film Institute, UP Diliman
* Tony Takitani
Date: Friday, March 16, 7pm
Venue: UP Film Institute, UP Diliman

Admission is Free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Two award-winning film adaptations of Murakami’s works: Norwegian Wood andTony Takitani will be screened at the UP Film Institute for audiences to experience the film interpretation of the Murakami world.
Photo credit:(c) 2010 MURAKAMI Haruki. Asmik Ace, Fuji Television.

“Listen to” Haruki Murakami: 
Jazz, Classical Music, and the Beatles

Date and Time: Friday, March 23, 8pm
Saturday, March 24, 8pm
Venue: Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center
Admission: Free. Registration is highly encouraged at
(Registration opens at Feb 27, Tuesday)
Walk-ins are welcome at a first-come, first-served basis.

JFM presents two-night live concerts that feature music woven in Murakami’s novels. The concert intertwines spoken word read by David Ezra with different genres of music played by jazz pianists Hiroko Kokubo and her trio, and the Beatles-inspired classical ensemble, 1966 Quartet, in special collaboration with pianist April Dawnena Merced-Misa.

For concert inquiries, please email

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