Notice: The end of the "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 is scheduled to open in October 2021.  We hope that you will visit the library and experience firsthand the challenges and activities of students.
Thank you for your continued support of The Waseda International House of Literature (The Haruki Murakami Library).

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 With the opening of the Waseda International House of Literature (commonly called the Haruki Murakami Library) approaching in Fall 2021, we began a fundraising campaign on April 1, 2021, to assist students forced to be away from the campus due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this campaign, we plan to promote a new type of student support project in which students will be entrusted with operating a cafe inside the Haruki Murakami Library and some of the planning and operation of events and seminars, etc., and assist Waseda University students in gaining practical experience and taking on new challenges in a real-world environment.
 We look forward to your generous support to promote plans so that students visiting the cultural incubator of the Haruki Murakami Library will feel glad to have enrolled in Waseda University, and to encourage students interested in literature to learn through planning their own events, seminars, and exhibitions, etc.

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Haruki Murakami Library Exterior (Artist’s rendition)
Provided by: Kengo Kuma and Associates
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Haruki Murakami Library Interior (Artist’s rendition)
Provided by: Kengo Kuma and Associates

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The Cafe Project, a new challenge starting at the Haruki Murakami Library
 

 Renovations by the architect Kengo Kuma (Waseda University Professor) have given the Haruki Murakami Library a warm design which makes generous use of wood. The bookshelves lining the large central staircase are a distinctive feature of the library, and we hope that visitors to the library will enjoy the ability to freely take books from the shelves, as well as spending quality time at the cafe inside the library.
 We want to entrust students with the operation of the cafe. We wish to provide a place for students to learn from practical experience, and to create opportunities for them to grow, but there is another reason befitting the Haruki Murakami Library. You may know that while Haruki Murakami was a student at this university, he opened a jazz coffee house with his wife, and continued operating it until he became a full-time writer. One might say that providing this space for students is a unique opportunity to relive this experience. A “coffee house” on campus run by students is an unprecedented first for Waseda University as well.
 We have placed a great deal of importance on this project in order to make this library “a place for international interaction and exchange which is open to an encouraging of literature and culture” as Haruki Murakami touched on at the press conference about the establishment of the Haruki Murakami Library (April 11, 2018 “Press release on the donation of Haruki Murakami’s collection of materials and the concept for an international research center for literature").
 The donations we receive will be devoted to covering startup costs like kitchen equipment and cooking utensils, as well as a portion of the operating costs until it is running smoothly. After the opening, we plan to have the students run the cafe based on their bold, unfettered ideas.
 

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The cafe inside the Haruki Murakami Library (Artist’s rendition)
Provided by: Kengo Kuma and Associates
 
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Haruka Shibata (left), the first manager who graduated in March 2021, and the new managers
Introduction to the Management Members
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Leqi Lin
Freshman, School of Political Science and Economics

By participating in the management, I hope to create a place that will not only allow visitors to be immersed in stories, but also to share the worlds they experience, further deepening their interest in literature. I want to make this a place where people can connect with stories based on the unique ideas and perspectives of students.
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Sawa Ishimaru
Senior, School of Culture Media and Society


My name is Sawa Ishimaru, and I will be participating in the management of the cafe. I am very grateful to receive this precious opportunity. We will do our best to provide a wonderful experience to visitors as a haven where people can connect with literature and each other.
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Ken Ichihara
Junior, School of Education


I am truly honored to receive this priceless opportunity to be part of the student management of a cafe inside an amazing building where people can touch the works of Haruki Murakami and enter into the world of literature here at Waseda University. As part of the management, I aim to create a welcoming cafe where people can meet, giving rise to new stories.

 

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Encouraging learning beyond the regular curriculum

 The student’s efforts will not be limited to running the cafe.
 The Haruki Murakami Library will open as a center for research on Haruki Murakami’s literary works, international literature, and literary translations based on the concept “Create stories, write from the heart,” but we are also devising a system that will allow students to participate in the operation of the Haruki Murakami Library alongside researchers.
 As one part of this, we want to encourage students who are interested in literature to plan their own events, seminars, and exhibitions, etc., and learn beyond the regular curriculum through running them. Therefore, we will devote a portion of donations to the ongoing operating expenses so that students can perform research and collect materials in advance as they see fit, and realize the fruitful ideas, while providing necessary support for the library.
 If the cultural incubator of the Haruki Murakami Library and its wealth of student projects make the students who visit feel glad to have enrolled at Waseda University, then perhaps this will aid in the discovery and rediscovery of the joys of the campus by students forced to be away from the campus due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
 We wish to emphasize these new initiatives in the inaugural year, so that we may expand the definition of cultural exchange and continue to organize support projects and events to further enrich student life.



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Click here to donate to the "Student Support Fundraising Campaign"

Donors will be able to receive tax incentives based on the amount of donations in a single year by requesting a charitable donation deduction when filing their tax return, provided that the amount of donations in a given year exceeds ¥2,000 (residents of Japan only).
 
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 The Haruki Murakami Library was inspired by Waseda University alumnus Haruki Murakami (graduated from the School of Letters, Arts and Sciences I in 1975) donating materials including handwritten manuscripts of his novels, documents related to his writing, books translated abroad, and tens of thousands of records collected by Mr. Murakami to Waseda University. Out of a desire to create an environment where fans of Murakami’s literary works and international literature researchers from around the world can engage in research on Haruki Murakami’s literary works, international literature, and literary translations by organizing and preserving these materials for everyone to peruse, it was officially named the Waseda International House of Literature, with the informal name of the Haruki Murakami Library.
 It is located in Building #4 (on the Waseda campus) next to the Tsubouchi Memorial Theater Museum, which Mr. Murakami often visited during his time at the university. It has undergone innovative renovations by the architect Kengo Kuma (Waseda University Professor). The library is equipped with a browsing corner and cafe, as well as reference rooms for researchers, seminar spaces, a lounge where visitors can experience “Murakami World,” and audio spaces, etc.
 With the opening approaching in Fall 2021, we are currently deciding the themes for the books lining the staircase bookshelves and selecting volumes, as well as compiling a database of articles about Murakami’s works, and preparing a website, etc.

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Haruki Murakami Library Topics

 The first day of the 2021 school entrance ceremony was held at Waseda Arena on April 1, 2021 (Thu.). At the third entrance ceremony for the School of Culture, Media and Society and the School of Literature, Haruki Murakami was honored with an award for his distinguished service in the arts, and gave a congratulatory address to the newly enrolled students*.  On the day of the event, Haruki Murakami gave autographs to promote the Student Support Fundraising Campaign. We plan to prepare the autographed T-shirts for display at the Waseda International House of Literature so that guests can view them.  The Haruki Murakami Library cafe project takes after Haruki Murakami himself, who opened a jazz coffee house during his time at the university. We hope that you will offer your generous support.

*We plan to publish the contents of the address by Haruki Murakami on the day of the event on the university website at a later date.

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Autograph by Haruki Murakami
“Explore Your Story, Speak Your Heart”
 
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T-shirts autographed by Haruki Murakami

 

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Robert Campbell
University Professor, Waseda University / Advisor, The Waseda International House of Literature

 Literature is composed of words. While this is a simplistic way of putting it, the words which compose excellent literature have the power to let us set foot upon lands in which we normally could never walk, and look into the recesses of the human heart which we could not speak of out loud.
Words themselves have no scent, moisture, or texture. While these characteristics do not exist within words, when someone who has read a story communicates the things they thought or felt to others and discusses them, they conjure up scents, wetness, and feelings. Literature connects people, and draws us closer to the expanse of innumerable lights which lie on the other side of these works. Literature brings us together, and gives us empathy.
I think that students opening and operating a cafe at the Haruki Murakami Library is a wonderful idea. What will they discuss with each other amid the rising steam and wafting aromas? What flavors will they discover? How will all these various stories be etched in the memories of visitors? It is exciting just to think of it.
These students are collecting donations in order to gather the tools necessary for them to run the cafe. They have said that they want other students to use the lab and studio at the library to hold exhibitions and forums, and to stream videos of the events. They are considering new ways to connect with foreign exchange students and alumni living abroad to enable interaction with people who cannot come to the library. I would like to make this happen with your help. I hope to make this journey together, connecting people with literature and the future.

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Haruka Shibata
March 2021 Graduate of the School of Political Science and Economics

 Hello, everyone. My name is Haruka Shibata, and I graduated from the Waseda University School of Political Science and Economics this spring.
 As the first student manager involved in this project, I have been responsible for the direction of the cafe, running the social media account, and recruiting the future management members, etc. To tell you a little about myself, during the 4 years of my university life, I was engrossed in my part-time job at a long-established French restaurant. I love restaurants because they are places that create connections between people, so I got involved with this project because I wanted to create a place like that at the university. The restaurant industry is a harsh world, and it is said that 70% of restaurants close within 3 years. While there will be many difficult challenges and mistakes, I believe the younger students who will run it are sure to create a cafe that many visitors will love.
 What will happen when current Waseda University students actually manage a cafe?
 I hope you are looking forward to the completion of this cafe and its potential to liven up not just the university, but the entire Waseda neighborhood! 

 

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Hirokazu Toeda
Director, The Waseda International House of Literature / Professor, Waseda University School of Letters, Arts and Sciences

We are currently planning to open a cafe inside the Waseda International House of Literature (The Haruki Murakami Library) that will be independently operated by students after the coronavirus pandemic has passed. The students are working to create a welcoming space where library visitors can relax. We respectfully ask for your generous support.

Gifts for Donors

Those who give their support by making a single donation above certain amounts will receive the following gifts.

◆Donations of ¥10,000 or more

・Coupons for 5 free cups of coffee at the Haruki Murakami Library cafe

◆Donations of ¥30,000 or more

• Original Haruki Murakami T-shirt
<Limited edition Uniqlo UT brand T-shirt (not for sale)>
• Coupons for 10 free cups of coffee at the Haruki Murakami Library cafe

◆Donations of ¥50,000 or more

• Special admission to a reproduction of Haruki Murakami’s study
• Original Haruki Murakami T-shirt
<Limited edition Uniqlo UT brand T-shirt (not for sale)>
• Coupons for 20 free cups of coffee at the Haruki Murakami Library cafe

◆Donations of ¥100,000 or more

• Invitation to a private viewing of the Waseda International House of Literature and limited-edition gifts
• Special admission to a reproduction of Haruki Murakami’s study
• Original Haruki Murakami T-shirt
<Limited edition Uniqlo UT brand T-shirt (not for sale)>
• Coupons for 40 free cups of coffee at the Haruki Murakami Library cafe

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© Haruki Murakami 2021 © Maki Sasaki 2021 by Medialynx Japan
Original Haruki Murakami T-shirt (front) *Limited edition (not for sale)
Provided by: Uniqlo Co., Ltd.
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© Haruki Murakami 2021 © Maki Sasaki 2021 by Medialynx Japan
Original Haruki Murakami T-shirt (back) *Limited edition (not for sale)
Provided by: Uniqlo Co., Ltd.
Important Notes

• There is a limited number of original Haruki Murakami T-shirts.
Please understand that they will be presented on a first-come-first-served basis in the event of a large number of requests.
• The size of the original Haruki Murakami T-shirt cannot be specified.
• We plan to ship all gifts beginning in July 2021.

 

Click here to donate to the "Student Support Fundraising Campaign"

Donors will be able to receive tax incentives based on the amount of donations in a single year by requesting a charitable donation deduction when filing their tax return, provided that the amount of donations in a given year exceeds ¥2,000 (residents of Japan only).

 

 

About Tax Incentives

All donors who donated to Waseda University will be able to receive tax incentives based on the amount of donations in a single year by requesting a charitable donation deduction when filing their tax return, provided that the amount of donations in a giv


◯About Income Tax Deductions
If you request a charitable donation income tax deduction when you file your tax return, you will receive an income tax deduction.

◯About Resident Tax Deductions
Residents of eligible municipalities as of January 1st of the year following a donation to the university may receive a deduction from their resident tax in the year following the donation by also requesting a resident tax deduction when filing their tax return.

 
Designated Prefectures: Tokyo, Saitama, Fukuoka Donation Deduction Rate: 4%
Designated Municipalities and Wards: [Tokyo] Nerima Ward, Nishitokyo    [Saitama] Tokorozawa, Kumagaya [Fukuoka] Kitakyushu 
Other municipalities designated by the prefectures of Tokyo, Saitama, and Fukuoka
Donation Deduction Rate: 6%

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Information on the Haruki Murakami Library Fundraising Campaign

 The Waseda International House of Literature (Haruki Murakami Library) is holding the Haruki Murakami Library Fundraising Campaign in order to receive support for various projects regarding the research of international literature and literary translation, including research on the literary works of Haruki Murakami. The donations we receive will be used to support projects at the Haruki Murakami Library. We hope to receive your support.

* "The Haruki Murakami Library Fundraising Campaign" is separate from "Student Support Fundraising Campaign".

 

○Fundraising Donors Individuals, corporations, organizations
○Fundraising Period No specific term has been set
○Public Honors   Depending on the (total) amount of donations,
the names of individuals, corporations, and organizations will be engraved on a donor plaque placed in the Haruki Murakami Library to be honored for all time.
 [Individuals] ¥100,000 or more
   [Corporations/Organizations] ¥300,000 or more
 *Eligibility Period: October 2019 - March 2024 (Tentative)

More Information on the Haruki Murakami Library Fundraising Campaign

 

  ◆For inquiries about the Haruki Murakami Library
  Office of the Waseda International House of Literature
  E-Mail: wihl@list.waseda.jp

 ◆For inquiries about Donation
 Office of the President,
   External Affairs and Fund-Raising Section
 E-Mail: kifu-ml@list.waseda.jp