Ryū Murakami (村上 龍, Murakami Ryū?, born February 19, 1952 in Sasebo, Nagasaki) is a Japanese novelist and filmmaker. He is colloquially referred to as the “Maradona of Japanese literature”.
Born as Ryūnosuke Murakami (村上龍之助) in Sasebo, Nagasaki on February 19, 1952. The name Ryunosuke was taken from the main character in Daibosatsutoge, a piece of fiction by Nakazato Kaizan (1885–1944).
He attended primary, middle and senior high school in Sasebo. While a student in senior high, Murakami helped form a rock band, in which he was the drummer. After the band’s breakup, he went on to join the rugby club, which he found especially grueling. He soon left the rugby club and transferred to the school’s newspaper department. In the summer of his third year in senior high, Murakami and his colleagues barricaded the rooftop of his high school and he was placed under house arrest for three months. During this time, he had an encounter with the hippie culture which influenced him greatly… read more