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On Seeing 100% Perfect Girl by Haruki Murakami

On Seeing 100% Perfect Girl by Haruki Murakami

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Published by: Bernadette Maria Duisters on Jan 09, 2011
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ne beautiful April morning, on anarrow side street in Tokyo's fashionableHarujuku neighborhood, I walked past the 100%perfect girl.Tell you the truth, she's not that good-looking.She doesn't stand out in any way. Her clothesare nothing special. The back of her hair is stillbent out of shape from sleep. She isn't young,either - must be near thirty, not even close to a"girl," properly speaking. But still, I know fromfifty yards away: She's the 100% perfect girl forme. The moment I see her, there's a rumbling inmy chest, and my mouth is as dry as a desert.Maybe you have your own particular favoritetype of girl - one with slim ankles, say, or bigeyes, or graceful fingers, or you're drawn for no
 
good reason to girls who take their time withevery meal. I have my own preferences, ofcourse. Sometimes in a restaurant I'll catchmyself staring at the girl at the next table tomine because I like the shape of her nose.But no one can insist that his 100% perfect girlcorrespond to some preconceived type. Much asI like noses, I can't recall the shape of hers - oreven if she had one. All I can remember for sureis that she was no great beauty. It's weird."Yesterday on the street I passed the 100% girl," Itell someone."Yeah?" he says. "Good-looking?""Not really.""Your favorite type, then?""I don't know. I can't seem to rememberanything about her - the shape of her eyes or the

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