I came across this neat graphic from the New York Times and love how it (quite literally) illustrates the common themes that run throughout Haruki Murakami’s books. I’ve read everything Murakami has written that has been translated into English and can vouch that these are rather spot on. The vanishing cats are a bit redundant since there’s already a space for Something Vanishing. But lots of things and people end up missing in Murakami fiction. Perhaps that warrants the extra nod.
Try playing some Haruki Murakami Bingo and see how many books you can name that feature each theme. I did, and it kept me occupied for longer than I would like to admit.