TOKYO, Oct. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Waseda University opened the Waseda International House of Literature (nicknamed the Haruki Murakami Library) on October 1, 2021. The decision to establish the new facility on the main campus came after alumnus and writer Haruki Murakami deposited and donated his valuable works and unpublished materials to Waseda University.
In addition to Murakami’s works and literature, the new facility will also serve as a research hub for translation and international literature. Researchers and Murakami lovers from around the world can look forward to a wide range of archival materials such as ephemera related to Murakami’s writing and scrapbooks containing interviews, literary reviews, essays and other materials concerned with Murakami’s works.
The University hopes the Waseda International House of Literature will help promote and facilitate global exchange just as the official name of the facility suggests and looks forward to creating a cosmopolitan house of literature with and for everyone.
Library Highlights: https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/202110051144-O1-xKW6yN74.pdf
Information about Waseda International House of Literature (Haruki Murakami Library): https://kyodonewsprwire.jp/attach/202110051144-O2-37837lK5.pdf
Principles and Activities of Waseda International House of Literature (Haruki Murakami Library):
Using Murakami’s literary works as a starting point, the Waseda International House of Literature aims to globalize the study and transmission of literature, engaging in initiatives that strive for international exchange.
The facility’s goal is to organize and preserve the materials deposited and donated to the Waseda International House of Literature, creating a research environment by offering open access to the materials. Furthermore, the library aims to create a space of exchange — a location that allows for an open international exchange of literature and culture, through seminars, symposiums and special exhibitions. The Waseda International House of Literature will also strive to provide exhibitions and features online, for all to access.
Videos, including the visual introduction of the Waseda International House of Literature (directed by Kei Shichiri) has been made available on the Waseda International House of Literature’s website and official YouTube channel ( https://www.waseda.jp/inst/wihl-annex/videos-en ).
– “Literature in Architecture, Architecture in Literature” (2F Exhibition Room)
Dates: Friday, October 1, 2021 – Friday, February 4, 2022
This exhibit details the complete transformation of what was previously Building 4 on Waseda Campus into the Waseda International House of Literature by world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma. The exhibition is presented through an exchange of dialogue between the different people involved in the building’s renovations. The exhibit also prominently displays books related to architecture and literature.
Note: As the exhibit is intended for visitors to the museum, reservation is required in advance. Please see the Waseda International House of Literature website for more details.
– Waseda International House of Literature (Haruki Murakami Library) Opening Events
Date and time: Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:15-16:45
Short talk by Robert Campbell — Waseda International House of Literature Advisor and Waseda University Specially Appointed Professor — and film director Kei Shichiri.
– Waseda International House of Literature Opening International Symposium “Explore Your Story, Speak Your Heart”
Date and time: Saturday, November 20, 2021, 14:00-17:15
Format: Broadcast online via YouTube
Registration: No registration required. Please see the Waseda International House of Literature website for more details.
Session One (Interview): “Heart in the Story” — A Dialogue of Tales Coming into the World
– Presenters: Yoko Ogawa (Author), Robert Campbell (Waseda International House of Literature Advisor and Specially Appointed Professor, Waseda University)
Session Two (Roundtable): “Border Crossings” — Literary Creation and Translation
– Presenters: Li Kotomi (Author), Hitomi Yoshio (Associate Professor, Waseda University), Richi Sakakibara (Waseda International House of Literature Assistant Director and Professor, Waseda University)