Nihei Chikako is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Global and Science Studies at Yamaguchi University, Japan. Her main research interests are in modern Japanese literature, translation studies and food studies. She holds a PhD from the University of Sydney. In her thesis, she focused on Murakami’s idea of the power of narrative (monogatari) and the use of distancing effects in his work. Her recent paper, ‘The Productivity of a Space In-Between: Murakami Haruki as a Translator’, discusses the impact of Murakami’s career as a translator on his storytelling. Her latest research is about the role of food and cooking in Murakami’s stories.