Kawasaki Reading Room

 

Kawasaki Reading Room for Japanese Studies

Bridging communities by facilitating language, learning and cultural understanding

UNL’s Kawasaki Reading Room is a unique center for Japanese studies, which acts as a bridge between Lincoln’s Japanese and international communities by facilitating language learning and cultural understanding. Located in Room 302 of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, 1505 S St., the room is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

More than a library, the Kawasaki Reading Room offers an impressive variety of events and services to the University of Nebraska and surrounding communities, including:

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

Collections

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.

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.

History

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.

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Upcoming Events

Japanese Film Festival World Tea PartyWorld Tea Party World Tea Party Final Book Club


Advisory Board

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

  • Ikuho Amano, DMLL
  • Radha Balasubramanian, DMLL
  • Parks Coble, History
  • Rumiko Handa, College of Architecture
  • Yaroslav Komarovski, Classics & Religious Studies
  • Patrice McMahon, Political Science

Reservations

The Kawasaki Reading Room is available for students to reserve. Simply complete the online form for consideration. The calendar is also available online. It is suggested that you review the calendar for availability.

Contact Us

Madoka Wayoro, mwayoro@unl.edu, Director


Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center
Room 302, Third floor
1505 S St.
Lincoln, NE 68588-0450
Tel. 402-472-9427
Fax 402-472-3427