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The Waseda International House of Literature
(The Haruki Murakami Library)

The Waseda International House of Literature (The Haruki Murakami Library) is scheduled to open on October 1, 2021!

The Waseda International House of Literature
(The Haruki Murakami Library)

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.

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The Haruki Murakami Library Opening Commemorative Student Support Fundraising Campaign

“The Haruki Murakami Library Opening Commemorative Student Support Fundraising Campaign” which started on April 1 has ended on June 30, 2021. We would like to express our gratitude for the warm support we have received from many people. We will keep you updated on the latest news about The Haruki Murakami Library and the students who are working with your support on our website.
Please note that we are planning to send out the benefits to donors who have donated over a certain amount in July and August.

The Haruki Murakami Library Fundraising Campaign

Haruki Murakami, an alumnus of Waseda University and world-renowned author, has generously donated a collection of extremely valuable materials to Waseda University including a number of his publications, handwritten manuscripts, scrapbooks of reviews, and huge record collection. Murakami continues to contribute to the development of literature in Japan and is well-known abroad, with his works appearing in translation in over 50 languages. In light of his donation, Waseda University will be opening the Haruki Murakami Library in 2021 as an international research center for scholars of Haruki Murakami, international literature, and literature in translation.

Accordingly, in October 2019, we launched our fundraising campaign for the Haruki Murakami Library in order to sustain the operation of the research center and to continuously advance research and projects of all kinds as well as promote international research in literature. For this fundraising campaign, we would like to ask for the support of not only our alumni but also of everyone who loves the work of Haruki Murakami.

Contact Us

Office of the Waseda International House of Literature
Tel: 03-6265-9720
Email: [email protected]

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