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New library tunnels into the world of Haruki Murakami

Facility funded by Uniqlo owner Tadashi Yanai and designed by Kengo Kuma

"I hope the library will become a base for the transmission of new culture," Murakami told a press conference ahead of the opening of the Waseda International House of Literature (The Haruki Murakami Library) next week. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- A new library dedicated to Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami will open next week at his Tokyo alma mater Waseda University, with the internationally-acclaimed writer hoping it will serve as a cultural hub bringing together students and young people in Japan and from around the world.

Giving prominence to Murakami's body of work, the library was fully funded by Tadashi Yanai, the billionaire founder of Fast Retailing -- the parent company of Uniqlo -- and was designed by Kengo Kuma, the architect best known as a designer of the Japan National Stadium that featured in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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