Kawasaki Reading Room for Japanese Studies



Not only a library, the Kawasaki Reading Room offers an impressive variety of events and services to the University of Nebraska and surrounding communities:

  • Academic Speaker Series
  • Music Events
  • Japanese Craft Workshops (Origami, Shodo)
  • Conversation Tables/Japanese Language Tutoring
  • Cultural Outreach (LPS, Pre-schools)
  • Tea Ceremony


The Kawasaki Reading Room contains an ever-growing collection of more than seven thousand books, magazines, and journals. These materials were selected to support the learning of Japanese language and culture within the University of Nebraska and amongst Lincoln’s diverse communities.

collection collage

To facilitate this learning, the collection includes texts and movies discussing art, business, geography, history, law, language, literature, politics and religion. The collection also includes popular Japanese novels, children’s books, martial arts, cooking, crafting and travel guides.

For fans of Japanese cinema and anime, there is a large assortment of over four hundred DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. From Akira Kurosawa to Hayao Miyazaki, the Kawasaki Reading Room has a selection of some of the finest films and animation from Japan.


UNL’s Kawasaki Reading Room is a unique center for Japanese studies in Nebraska. It is operated by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at UNL. The Reading Room acts as a bridge between Lincoln’s Japanese and international communities by facilitating language learning and cultural understanding. Made possible by generous contributions from the Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., USA , the Kawasaki Reading Room for Japanese Studies first opened on September 24th, 1992. The Reading Room is a product of the vision and educational aspirations of Takehiko Saeki, the former president of Kawasaki Motors, USA.

Our People


From left to right: Jon Sanford, Joe McCann, Daniel Riley, and Madoka Wayoro

Upcoming Events

Career Information Session

See flyer for more information.

  • Friday, September 26
  • 9am - 5pm
  • Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Rm 301

Tō no Kai

  • Every Wednesday beginning on September 10th
  • 4pm - 5pm
  • Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Rm 301

Japanese Conversation Table

  • 100-Level every Tuesday
    4pm - 5pm
  • 200-Level every Thursday
    4pm - 5pm
  • Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center Rm 301

Contact Us

Madoka Wayoro, Director
Daniel Riley, Assistant

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center
Room 302, Third floor
1505 S St.
Lincoln, NE 68588-0450

Tel. 402-472-9427
Fax 402-472-3427

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 1pm to 5pm

NOTE: Beginning May 12th through August 23rd there will be no Saturday hours.

Advisory Board

The Kawasaki Reading Room is advised by faculty members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln community. They are: