Haruki Murakami

1949 - Today

Photo of Haruki Murakami

Icon of person Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹, Murakami Haruki, born January 12, 1949) is a Japanese writer. His novels, essays, and short stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside Japan. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Gunzou Prize for New Writers, the World Fantasy Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.Growing up in Kobe before moving to Tokyo to attend Waseda University, he published his first novel Hear the Wind Sing (1979) after working as the owner of a small jazz bar for seven years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Haruki Murakami has received more than 6,249,429 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 81 in 2019). Haruki Murakami is the 143rd most popular writer (up from 144th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Japan (up from 14th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Japanese Writer.

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese author and translator who is most famous for his surrealist novels.

Memorability Metrics

  • 6.2M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 80.69

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 88

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 10.49

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.64

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Page views of Haruki Murakamis by language


Among writers, Haruki Murakami ranks 143 out of 5,794Before him are Apuleius, Guillaume Apollinaire, Charlotte Brontë, Eugène Ionesco, Tove Jansson, and Aldous Huxley. After him are Catullus, J. D. Salinger, John Steinbeck, H. P. Lovecraft, Pliny the Younger, and Ferdowsi.

Most Popular Writers in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1949, Haruki Murakami ranks 4Before him are Pablo Escobar, Meryl Streep, and Niki Lauda. After him are Benjamin Netanyahu, António Guterres, Pedro Almodóvar, Mark Knopfler, Richard Gere, Sigourney Weaver, Anna Wintour, and Bruce Springsteen.

Others Born in 1949

Go to all Rankings

In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Haruki Murakami ranks 11 out of 5,560Before him are Matsuo Bashō (1644), Akihito (1933), Emperor Meiji (1852), Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Oda Nobunaga (1534), and Yoko Ono (1933). After him are Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), Murasaki Shikibu (973), Olivia de Havilland (1916), and Yukio Mishima (1925).

Among WRITERS In Japan

Among writers born in Japan, Haruki Murakami ranks 3Before him are Matsuo Bashō (1644) and Miyamoto Musashi (1584). After him are Murasaki Shikibu (973), Yukio Mishima (1925), Yasunari Kawabata (1899), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), Osamu Dazai (1909), Sei Shōnagon (966), Natsume Sōseki (1867), and Kazuo Ishiguro (1954).