Haruki Murakami hosted a live jazz show and you can watch it online

The live jazz session 'Murakami Jam' is now streaming online with English subtitles until February 24

Kaila Imada
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Kaila Imada

Internationally acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami, as you know, is a huge music lover, especially jazz. So, in celebration of Tokyo FM's 50th anniversary, Murakami hosted a one-off live musical performance on Sunday February 14; the show was called Blame it on the Bossa Nova. Although the show is over, you can still watch the two-hour special online with English subtitles until Wednesday February 24, 11.59pm. 

Murakami Jam
Photo: Tokyo FMLisa Ono

The intimate show featured live performances by renowned bossa nova and jazz musicians including Lisa Ono, Kaori Muraji and Miu Sakamoto, as well as a rare talk session with the famously reclusive author. Musical director Junko Onishi also made an appearance along with pianist Yosuke Yamashita. 

Murakami Jam
Photo: Tokyo FMMiu Sakamoto

You can watch the archived video as many times as you like during the aforementioned period. Tickets to stream the show, priced at ¥4,000 each, are available online, along with exclusive Murakami Jam merchandise including T-shirts, tote bags and mugs.

Murakami Jam
Photo: Tokyo FMYosuke Yamashita

For more Murakami, you can catch the author’s Murakami Radio show which he hosts irregularly. On the radio show website (in Japanese only), the author opens up on his daily life while doling out song recommendations and answering messages from his listeners.

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