May 12, Shiseido parlor of the La Floret, Shinjuku. The young female interviewer is 30 minutes late.
"Well, Mr. Murakami, I'd like to ask about the kinds of things you like to eat every day. So let's begin with what you have in the morning."
"First of all, in the morning–"
"Wait, sorry. I forgot to turn up the volume on the recorder. Excuse me, please go ahead."
"First of all, in the morning I eat some vegetab–"
"Interesting. What time do you wake up in the morning?"
"I get up at five. And then–"
"Five o'clock? Five o'clock in the morning?"
"We're talking about mornings right now, aren't we?"
"I suppose we are... But what are you doing, waking up at five in the morning?"
"I'm running! It's not like I'm out stealing panties or anything like that."
"Hahaha.... So, around what time do you go to bed?"
"Nine thirty or ten. Anyway, isn't this interview supposed to be about food? I'm sorry, but I'm keeping people waiting and I don't have a lot of time."
"Right, right.... I apologize."
"I eat breakfast after I'm done jogging, at around six. I have a bowl of rice with plenty of vegetables, a roll of bread with two cups of coffee, and then two eggs, sunny-side up.
"It's really just because the vegetables near where I live are so cheap."
(Cups of coffee are served, clattering against the table.)
"And then that brings us around to lunch."
"It certainly does."
"What kinds of things do you have for lunch?"
"For lunch I usually– hey, the tape isn't moving!"
"Ah, ah, ah! You're right... Darn. What happened?"
Click, click, click....
"The switch isn't on. See, it's set to 'OFF.'"
"Ahhh! I thought I had turned it on..."
"What should we do? Do you want me to repeat everything?"
"No, it's alright. I'll be able to remember it all. You wake up at five and go jogging, have a bowl of rice with salad on top, a roll, and some ham and eggs."
"Yes yes, fried eggs."
"And two cups of coffee."
"Two cups, coffee."
"Can you remember that?"
"It's fine. I've got an incredible memory!"
Mr. Murakami has an early morning. He wakes up at 5:00 AM, and then goes jogging. "Actually, it's like I'm a panty thief, hahaha!" he laughed with embarrassment. His daily menu consists of a salad with ham and eggs, and of course two cans of beer...