ODENSE, Denmark--Best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami urged people to patiently learn to live together with their “shadows” upon winning the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award 2016.

Murakami, 67, made the request in his acceptance speech at the award ceremony held Oct. 30 in Odense, the birthplace of the Danish fairy tale writer.

In the speech, given in English, Murakami first talked about Andersen's story "The Shadow."

Then, he said, “Just as all people have shadows, every society and nation, too, has shadows. If there are bright, shining aspects, there will definitely be a counterbalancing dark side.

“At times, we tend to avert our eyes from the shadow, those negative parts, or else, try to forcibly eliminate those aspects. No matter how high a wall we build to keep intruders out, no matter how strictly we exclude outsiders, no matter how much we rewrite history to suit us, we just end up damaging and hurting ourselves," he also said. “You have to patiently learn to live together with your shadow and carefully observe the darkness that resides within you.”

Murakami received a prize of 500,000 Danish krone (about 8 million yen, or $76,300).

The Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award had been won by J. K. Rowling, known for her “Harry Potter” series of books, and Salman Rushdie, who wrote “The Satanic Verses.”

(This article was written by Kan Kashiwazaki and Shiho Watanabe in Odense.)