Waseda University officially opens Waseda International House of Literature (Haruki Murakami Library)

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Posted: October 7, 2021 at 2:00 a.m. EDT|Update: 3 hours ago

TOKYO, October 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on the main campus came after a former student and writer Haruki Murakami deposited and donated his precious works and unpublished documents to Waseda University.

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In addition to Murakami’s works and literature, the new facility will also serve as a research center for translation and international literature. Murakami scholars and enthusiasts around the world can expect a wide range of archival material such as ephemeral documents related to Murakami’s writing and albums containing interviews, literary reviews, essays and d ‘other documents concerning Murakami’s works.

The University hopes that the Waseda International House of Literature will help promote and facilitate global exchange, as the institution’s official name suggests, and looks forward to creating a Cosmopolitan House of Literature with and for everyone. .

Highlights of the library:
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Principles and activities of the 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 aimed at international exchange.

The aim of the installation is to organize and preserve the materials deposited and donated to the Waseda International House of Literature, creating a research environment by providing open access to the materials. In addition, the library aims to create a space for exchange – a place that allows for an open international exchange of literature and culture, through seminars, symposia and special exhibitions. Waseda International House of Literature will also strive to provide online exhibits and features that are accessible to all.

Videos including the visual introduction of the Waseda International House of Literature (performed by Kei Shichiri) have been made available on the Waseda International House of Literature website and on the official YouTube channel (https : //www.waseda.jp/inst/wihl- annexe / videos-en).

Special exhibitions:

– “Literature in architecture, Architecture in literature” (Exhibition room 2F)

Appointment: Friday, October 1, 2021Friday, February 4, 2022

This exhibit details the complete transformation of what was previously Building 4 on the Waseda Campus into the Waseda International House of Literature by a world-renowned architect Kengo Kuma. The exhibition is presented through an exchange of dialogue between the different people involved in the renovation of the building. The exhibition also highlights books related to architecture and literature.

Note: As the exhibition is intended for museum visitors, reservation is required in advance. Please see the Waseda International House of Literature website for details.

Opening events:

– Opening of the Waseda International House of Literature (Haruki Murakami Library)

Date and time: Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Brief presentation of Robert campbell – Advisor of the International House of Waseda Literature and Waseda University Specially appointed teacher and director Kei Shichiri.

– Waseda International House of Literature Opening International Symposium “Explore Your Story, Speak Your Heart”

Date and time: Saturday 20 November 2021, 2:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Format: Streamed online via YouTube

Registration: No registration required. Please see the Waseda International House of Literature website for details.

First session (interview): “The heart in history” – A dialogue of tales coming into the world

– Presenters: Yoko Ogawa (Author), Robert campbell (Advisor to the Waseda International House of Literature and specially appointed professor, Waseda University)

Second session (round table): “Border crossing” – Literary creation and translation

– Presenters: Li Kotomi (Author), Hitomi Yoshio (Associate Professor, Waseda University), Richi Sakakibara (Deputy Director and Professor of the Waseda International House of Literature, Waseda University)

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