Tag: Japan

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

source: haruki-murakami.com
source: haruki-murakami.com

Ok, the good news is that, by the end of this year, I will be reading new Murakami’s novel. And no, it is not going to be an English translation

“The English translation of Japanese writer Haruki Murakami’s newest book (the title literally translates to Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage) won’t be out until 2014, Knopf Doubleday publicity director Paul Bogaards tells GalleyCat. The novel has inspired frenzied coverage in Japan, where it became the “fastest-selling book ever on Amazon Japan” (The Daily Beast)

Sometimes, it is good to speak/being able to read more than one language. By the end of this year, I will be happy owner of the new Murakami’s novel. I will be enjoyed the new book hopefully by the end of November or by the early December this year. Just like with the rest of the books by Murakami, I will try to read the new one in 2 languages as I have realized that different translations help me to look at his novels from different angles. I promise myself that, whenever I will have more spare time I will come back to learning Japanese, and one day, perhaps, I will be able to try to read Murakami’s books in original.

For those of you, who are interested in particular translations publishing dated (approx.) here is the list, which you way find useful!

English: 2014
Korean: Released!
German: January 2014
Spanish: 15th October 2013
Dutch:
 12th January 2014
Hungarian: Fall 2013
Catalan: 1st October 2013
French: September 2014
Polish: 2013
Serbian: December 2013 –
(source: http://www.haruki-murakami.com/)
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Travel Plans for 2013

Travel Plans for 2013

Looking back at 2012, I must say that my biggest disappointment was that I couldn’t manage to go to Japan as I planned. I have been dreaming of going there for years now, however, so many things got in the way. Finally, I gave up. So, all the plans of doing a road trip across the main islands had to be postponed  to at lest 2015. But life goes on, its almost middle of January 2013, and its time to make some final decisions. And even though I have a very busy year ahead of my, here is my list of places that I am planning to visit (or re-visit) in 2013:

  1. ToruńPoland (mid-February 2013). Going back to my hometown, after 8 months (since my last visit) makes my really exited, especially cause I really miss snow, and proper winter here, in London. Even though I am not planning to go back home for long (approximately 5-7 days only), I will try to take most of this time, and obviously take lots of pictures,
  2. Thailand (summer 2013). As I have mentioned in November, my biggest holiday plan for upcoming summer 2013 is the trip to Thailand  Me and my girlfriend are still considering the best time frame for it, cause we do not want to get caught by the monsoon season. We both know that it will take a lot of planning and organizing  Starting from late February we will focus on making first drafts of day-to-day travel plan, and collecting all of the use full info. But hey, that’s what wordpress.com and all of the travel blogs are for!
  3. Montreal, Canada (late August-early September 2013). Yes, I have never been to north america before, and I am really excited. It wasn’t my idea in the first place to go to Canada for a week, but my girlfriend mentioned Canada as the possible place to finish our studies by pursuing masters degree there. September will be the months that we will decide what to do after all these years in London.

So this is it. These are 3 trips that will definitely happen during 2013. As to our back up plans, we were considering finally taking Eurostar and going to paris for a long-weekend in the spring or late autumn, however, it is a big question mark for now.

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