"The economy was booming. People had more money than they knew what
to do with. And then the earthquake struck. Komura's wife follows
the TV reports from morning to night: images of flames, smoke,
buildings turned to rubble, fires everywhere. Pure hell. For the
characters in Murakami's latest short-story collection, the Kobe
earthquake is an echo from a past they buried long ago. Satsuki has
spent 30 years hating one man who destroyed her chances of having
children. Did her desire for revenge cause the earthquake? Junpei's
estranged parents live in Kobe. Should he contact them?
Four-year-old Sala has nightmares that the Earthquake Man is trying
to stuff her and everyone else inside a little box. Unappreciated
and unpromoted, Katagiri returns home to find a giant frog in his
apartment on a mission to save Tokyo from a massive burrowing worm.
""When he gets angry, he causes earthquakes,"" says Frog. ""And
right now he is very, very angry."" "