A library of works by famous Japanese author Haruki Murakami is set to open in Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan by April 2021.
The Waseda International House of Literature, also known as the Haruki Murakami Library, will house Murakami’s books, translation work, notes, and thousands of other records, according to the university's website.
The library will be near the Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum, where Murakami spent much of his time as a student. Renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will be spearheading the library’s design in Building No. 4 of the university.
Murakami, who is a graduate of Waseda University's School of Letters, Arts, and Sciences I, donated his personal archive to Waseda University in November 2019, in hopes that the library would encourage “open cultural exchange” among all kinds of literary enthusiasts.
In a video during a press conference, Kuma shared that Murakami envisions the museum to be “a library full of life, where university students and all kinds of people, including Mr Murakami himself, have access to.” Initial plans for its facilities include research reference rooms, study desks, seminar and audio spaces, and a cafe. – with reports from Zoe Andin/Rappler.com
Zoe Andin is a Rappler intern.