As far as work spaces go, you can’t get more inspirational than a wall of 10,000 records. A jazz aficionado with a weakness for record collecting, famously reclusive writer Haruki Murakami has opened up his study for inspection, sharing an interactive tour of the space on his own website.

Here’s what The Vinyl Factory writes about what inspires Murakami in this creative space:

A glimpse into the creative environment of the man behind cult novels like NORWEGIAN WOOD and THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE, Murakami admits that he almost always works while listening to music, and that, of the 10,000 or so records in his enviable floor-to-ceiling collection, the majority are jazz. His sound system doesn’t look half bad either.

Aside from listening to mostly jazz music when he writes, here are just a couple of things on his desk that also give him inspiration and a sense of balance when he is working at his desk, with descriptions in his own words:


“The objects at the base of my desk lamp were bought during my trips here and there. The wooden foot with a spider is from Laos, the marble stone with a wasp from Scandinavia, and the peanut canister is from…mmm…sorry, forgot. They are like my talismans.”


“I like using pencils—pencil tips always have to be well sharpened, of course. I got them in bulk from a mass sale shop in America. The designs on the pencil glasses are the record sleeves from the Miles Davis albums “Cookin’” and “Relaxin’.” They are gifts from a record shop (for being a very good customer!).”


“The bobblehead figurine is Yasuhiro “Ryan” Ogawa, who is the young ace of the Yakult Swallows baseball team that I support. His nickname “Ryan” alludes to Nolan Ryan, because of the way Yasuhiro lifts his leg when he pitches a ball.”

Here is a full photo of Murakami’s work desk:


Now this may seem simple and mundane to some, but I find it inspirational to see a glimpse of what makes a creative person tick. Someone as brilliant and famous as Haruki Murakami, it is fascinating that his work space is simple, but also functional and elegant. Compared to other writer’s nests of famous authors, Murakami truly captures the simplicity of the Japanese aesthetic. Oh, and he’s got a bitchin’ record collection too. That’s total beast mode!