Murakami was born in Japan during the post–World War II baby boom…
…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 Vonnegut and Richard Brautigan, and he is often distinguished from other Japanese writers by his Western influences.
- Murakami’s most recent book reported as biggest-selling in Japan (tokyotimes.com)
- Takashi Murakami’s Message to Children: “You Are Not the Chosen Ones” (complex.com)
- Kurt Vonnegut’s Children’s Crusade: Kindness (radicalscholarship.wordpress.com)