Haruki Murakami novel will come with stickers


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."