It is hard to be an individual in Japan.
Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that's how we've got to live.
There's no such thing as perfect writing, just like there's no such thing as perfect despair.
Most young people were getting jobs in big companies, becoming company men. I wanted to be individual.
You are 27 or 28 right? It is very tough to live at that age. When nothing is sure. I have sympathy with you.
I lost some of my friends because I got so famous, people who just assumed that I would be different now. I felt like everyone hated me. That is the most unhappy time of my life.
In Japan they prefer the realistic style. They like answers and conclusions, but my stories have none. I want to leave them wide open to every possibility. I think my readers understand that openness.
When I write about a 15-year old, I jump, I return to the days when I was that age. It's like a time machine. I can remember everything. I can feel the wind. I can smell the air. Very actually. Very vividly.
I am 55 years old now. It takes three years to write one book. I don't know how many books I will be able to write before I die. It is like a countdown. So with each book I am praying - please let me live until I am finished.
I didn't want to be a writer, but I became one. And now I have many readers, in many countries. I think that's a miracle. So I think I have to be humble regarding this ability. I'm proud of it and I enjoy it, and it is strange to say it this way, but I respect it.