Haruki Murakami Library

In April, I visited the Haruki Murakami Library at Waseda University. Officially The Waseda International House of Literature, the building serves as a shrine to one of Japan’s most famous authors, Haruki Murakami. As well as housing first editions of all his literature published all over the world and a recreation of his writing space, it also has a cafe and meeting space.

When I went, admission was still ticketed, except for the first ten non-ticketed visitors. It was a rainy Sunday and there was a commencement event going on at the University so it was probably less crowded than usual. I did not have a reservation, arrived ten minutes before the library opened, and was about number seven in line.

I highly recommend it to Murakami fans and those just looking for a good cafe in a nice neighborhood in Tokyo.