Waseda University in Tokyo will house a library featuring exclusively the works of Haruki Murakami, a renowned Japanese novelist. A house of literature devoted to a living author is indeed quite unique, as pointed out by many players in the field.
The Asahi Shimbun reported that Murakami told the press conference on Wednesday that he was feeling a little nervous. “I wish a place like this was built after I died; what if i commit a crime? This would cause serious problems for Waseda, ”the Japanese novelist joked, saying he would cooperate fully in improving the library and expressing the wish that the library would expand to include works and books by other novelists as well. .
The House of Literature has been renovated from an old building on the site of the university. Five stories high with a basement, the library was funded by Tadashi Yanai, the founder of Uniqlo’s parent company and Waseda alumnus, and has been renovated by prominent architect Kengo Kuma.
The Murakami Haruki Library will house translations of his work in 50 different languages, including Korean and English, as well as his collection of documents and approximately 10,000 documents, including manuscripts personally donated by the author himself.