Murakami's commute from Oiso into Tokyo to write from a city-central apartment is part of a rigourous personal regime:
At 53, Murakami is dauntingly prolific and almost aggressively healthy. He swims and runs daily, and has run marathons in New York, Boston and Sapporo. He is in bed by 9 p.m. and up at 4. "You need power to be a good writer"
On the Tokyo metro sarin attack changing his writing:
The shock I felt when I interviewed the victims of the sarin attack for "Underground" [nonfiction; 2000] changed my life, my entire point of view, and even my style of writing. I didn't imagine that such a thing could happen. I was doing those interviews for a full year, and I interviewed about 60 people. [...] That's what I think about when I write fiction these days: more details and simpler words. In my younger days, I was trying to write sophisticated prose and fantastic stories. I think "Underground" was the turning point in my writing.
And takes the time to answer reader email (in prefence to reading professional critics):
I answer my readers' e-mails, you know. I read about 100 per day, and I write 10 to 20 replies. I think it's necessary for me. [...] Sometimes they actually help me to think about the books I've written.
More how we work.