J314 Assessment Exercise #2

In KAFKA ON THE SHORE, Murakami asks his readers to think about many things: time, the past, memory, speech, different dimensions, myth, religion, art, the nature of a quest or mission, how a painting, music or the past may shape us and whether knowledge about the past can empower us. 

Comment on some of the narrative strategies that Murakami employs to bring these kinds of issues and concerns into his text. Are there things about Kafka that are particular to Japan or a specific time frame?