There’s a documentary on Murakami right now on NHK, and it’s quite interesting. He seems to get all these very strange and unique people to work around him. They profile one girl, a shut-in who was afraid to see people, who got encouraged by him to continue with her art. Her work is comprised of lots of pictures of dolls in various outdoor settings, pictures of anime being shown on an old TV, and sketch books full of crazy manga-like illustrations. They’re also showing how some of Murakami’s works are created, and how he can also be quite hard (as is common in master-apprentice relationships in Japan) with his employees. I wish I could understand more of what he’s talking about.