Monday, June 23, 2014 |
The latest Haruki Murakami novel will come with stickers.
That's right, first editions of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage will include a sheet of stickers designed by five Japanese designers, the Guardian reports. Each of the designers' stickers represents one of the five main characters in the book: the titular Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his friends Mr. Blue, Miss White, Miss Black and Mr. Red.
Why stickers? According to a press release sent by Murakami's publisher, "tsukuru" is Japanese for "build" or "to make."
The publisher's creative director Suzanne Dean, who designed the cover, commissioned the art when looking for a playful way to incorporate the title's meaning into the book design. "The meaning of Tsukuru's name was a gift, a perfect match for the idea of including adult stickers for the reader to use to decorate the novel," she said in a statement. "My young son's delight in using stickers everywhere started me thinking about this. I had seen stickers used on Royal Mail stamps, on CDs and, of course, in children's books. But I didn't think they had been incorporated into adult fiction."
The stickers also incorporate Murakami's Japanese culture in the English-language edition. "These illustrators brought a uniquely Japanese style and a knowledge of Japanese detail to the project."