In June 2019, Waseda University announced the construction of the Waseda International House of Literature that will house the works and donated items of writer and alumnus Haruki Murakami. The vast collection of items to be accommodated includes Murakami’s personal notes, manuscripts, book reviews and translations related to his works, and tens of thousands of records he has collected over the years.
The building was officially named the Waseda International House of Literature with hopes that it will facilitate research activities on Murakami’s works, world literature and translation, as well as academic and cultural exchange among researchers and students around the world. The building is also known as the Haruki Murakami Library.
“I hope the new building will provide an open and welcoming atmosphere for international exchange. It would be wonderful if a designated study room or space is built to hold my works and donated items, where record concerts can be held too. I personally would like to get myself actively involved in these various aspects in creating a place where new discoveries constantly await,” says Murakami.
Building No. 4, located right next to the Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum on Waseda Campus, was chosen to be renovated into the Waseda International House of Literature. Architect Kengo Kuma has been tasked to redesign the building and give it a fresh look both internally and externally. It will include a range of facilities such as research reference rooms, study desks, seminar and audio spaces, and a cafe.
The Waseda International House of Literature is scheduled to be opened in 2021.