Kawasaki Reading Room for Japanese Studies
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
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.
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.
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