コンビニエンスストア様 is Sayaka Murata’s love letter to the コンビニ where she herself continued to work for 17 years while she pursued her writing career. For those on the fence about joining, the letter is only 7 pages and is available for free at each of the above-linked sources.
I’m reading along
I’ll catch up soon
I won’t be joining this bonus week
I have no intention of catching up or the club has already finished, but I’m using the forums as reference
Anybody should feel free to add to the vocab sheet. Read the guidelines on the first sheet- even if a word is not yet included you can use the spreadsheet as a tool to get help.
How do you think 村田’s experience working in a コンビニ influenced コンビニ人間？ To what extent is コンビニ人間 autobiographical?
How does 村田’s letter reframe your thoughts on コンビニ人間?
In an interview with The Guardian, Murata-sensei details her time working at a konbini and her personal history, much of which mirrors Keiko’s own struggles. While not directly autobiographical, Murata-sensei has definitely instilled much of herself into コンビニ人間.
Note: Spoilers for 地球星人/Earthlings, so just skip the paragraphs where it gets brought up if you want to avoid them.
I think my favorite part of this letter was the unconventional usage of the “sex” word I adore the idea of using it in a less, uh, fleshy, more metaphorical sense.
This quote isn’t anything new, but I still love it being stated that clearly:
And I know this is morbid humor, but I still chuckled on this:
Partly I enjoy this piece so much is because I’m sometimes visualizing my relationship with Japanese in a similar way. (It was way before I’ve read コンビニエンスストア様, it wasn’t my influence.)
At first I wasn’t allowing myself to care too much about my Japanese studies, because I knew the chances of using it for career are close to none, and I never was very fast or efficient at learning languages.
But I became much happier person since I allowed myself to treat my studies more seriously, even if it sometimes reaches an absurd, exaggerated, grandiose level.
I even have love songs which help me visualize my relationship It isn’t only about language, but also things related to it - both “serious” things like history & culture and “frivolous” manga/games popculture aspect. I can get very serious about motivational anime quotes.
So, even if it is something I build for myself before reading this letter, I was genuinely happy seeing somebody describing a relationship with a inanimate thing in a way I could relate to.
This was more or less a theme of コンビニ人間 itself, too, but this letter makes it way more explicit and I love it.
That’s interesting what you wrote about. I never really thought about hobbies this way. I never restricted myself from any of them, just sometimes get more hyped / more bored and my focus swifts.
What I thought when I was reading it that I really want to go back to our office (last seen in May 2020 when I went to get a post package delivered there), because I really like being there (it’s a really comfy office with a beautiful view in the city center), and I can’t really imagine switching to another company despite getting offers with higher salary. Is this love?