Haruki Murakami Unpacks His T-Shirt Collection


I often go to thrift retailers trying to find previous LPs. Thanks to Goodwill and the Salvation Army, I’ve managed to purchase fairly a couple of uncommon data (jazz and classical music), and at an affordable worth, too. When I can’t discover any good data, I’ll rummage elsewhere within the retailer, together with the T-shirt part. I determine why not, so long as I’m right here. Thrift retailers within the U.S. are like amusement parks for me. I can simply spend hours there.

How did you come to own a Brooklyn Pickle shirt? I’m from Syracuse and have gone to that deli on a number of events.

I had no concept what Brooklyn Pickle meant. I purchased it in a thrift store within the Boston space, if I recall, and I used to be puzzled for a very long time about what kind of place (or retailer or group) it was. For the longest time I questioned why, if it’s in Syracuse, they gave it the identify Brooklyn. I’m comfortable to lastly study what it’s. I see — so it’s a deli.

I’ve fairly a couple of T-shirts like that, the place I’ve no clue the place they initially got here from. Some have baffling messages on them, as properly. I suppose that sense of thriller can also be one of many appeals of a T-shirt assortment.

What clothes retailer do you go to most frequently?

This is a far cry from a thrift store, however I just like the Comme des Garçons retailer within the Aoyama neighborhood of Tokyo. It’s such an exquisite clothes retailer. I can all the time discover an excellent jacket that goes completely with the ragtag T-shirts I’ve gathered. That mentioned, I solely go there possibly 3 times a 12 months.

What is your single most-prized clothes merchandise, T-shirt or not?

I don’t assume I’ll be carrying it once more, nevertheless it’s the T-shirt I bought for finishing the 1983 Honolulu Marathon, the primary full marathon I ever completed. Whenever I see this shirt, it brings again plenty of reminiscences.

This interview has been edited and condensed.