Almost Transparent Blue (限りなく透明に近いブルー Kagirinaku tōmei ni chikai burū?Infinitely Almost Transparent Blue) is a 1976 novel, written by Japanese author Ryū Murakami, that features a portrait of narrator Ryū and his friends trapped in a cycle of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll during the 1970s.


Narrated by the main character Ryū, the novel focuses on his small group of young friends in the mid-1970s. Living in a Japanese town with an American air force base, their lives revolve around sexdrugs and rock 'n roll.

The near-plotless story weaves a vividly raw image intensive journey through the daily monotony of drug-induced hallucinations, vicious acts of violenceoverdosessuicide, and group sex.


  • Ryū – Narrator. 19-year-old bisexual substance abuser.
  • Lilly – Ryū's prostitute friend and casual sex partner.
  • Reiko – Okinawan friend of Ryū and girlfriend of Okinawa.
  • Okinawa – drug-addicted Okinawan friend of Ryū and boyfriend of Reiko.
  • Yoshiyama – Unemployed junkie friend of Ryū and abusive boyfriend of Kei.
  • Kei – Friend of Ryū and girlfriend of Yoshiyama.
  • Kazuo – Male friend of Ryū.
  • Moko – Substance abuser friend of Ryū.
  • Jackson – African American Airman at the local AFB, he arranges for group sex escapades between his base comrades and Ryū's group.
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