Bio of Naoto Nakamura

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Now, which do you guess I am?

I lived in Los Angeles and Karachi when I was a child. I live now in Tokyo. I used to travel to countries such as Norway, Canada, USA, China, Korea and Iceland working for a fish trading company. Now I am doing a small tour business taking tourists around the Tsukiji Fish Market, which is the largest fish market in the world.

I published "To be a Good Fish Dealer in Japan--or, such a pity for the fish" from the Adelphi Press of London in 1996 and "The Fish Market of Fantasy" from the Daisan Shokan of Tokyo in 1997.

My lifetime theme of writing stories is "absurdity." Take a look around and you find absurdity everywhere. It makes a good combination with poverty and causes all the war, terror, crime, despair and hatred. What I think is that absurdity would never be gone. But there are acceptable absurdities and unacceptable absurdities.
My goal of writing is to address to the world how important it is to understand absurdity.

My best-five music albums are:
1. "The Band" by The Band.
2. "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac.
3. "Sheik Yerbouti" by Frank Zappa.
4. "Music Magic Orchestra" by the Music Magic Orchestra.
5. "Touchdown" by Bob James.

My best-five movies are:
1. American Graffiti (Lucas)
2. Nouvo Cinema Paradiso (Tornatore)
3. Easy Rider (Fonda)
4. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
5. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (Hara)

The books I read and loved are Charles Dickens, stories of Sherlock Holms and Arsine Lupin, Rampo Edogawa (a Japanese writer), Albert Camus, Dostoevskii, Tetsuya Asada, Shuji Terayama, Hiroyuki Itsuki, Raymond Chandler, Bill Pronzini and Charles Bukowski. I think Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" is great, too.