Kawasaki Reading Room

providing educational resources and sharing japanese culture through art, language, and history

The University of Nebraska - Lincoln is home to the Kawasaki Reading Room for Japanese Studies. Founded on September 24, 1992, it is the product of Takehiko Saeki, former President of Kawasaki Motors. We are an extension of the Department of Modern Languages, with generous funding from Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A. 

Mission: The Kawasaki Reading Room for Japanese Studies acts as a cultural bridge by providing educational resources and sharing Japanese culture, art, language and history to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and the extended community.

Covid-19 Updates

We are currently closed to visitors. You can request any books/resources for pick-up or make an appointment to browse our collection at: bit.ly/KRRbookorder


The library and our adjacent meeting space is located on the third floor of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. To learn more about our home in the Gaughan and our downstairs neighbors, OASIS and the William H. Thompson Scholars, please visit their website

What We Offer

More than a library, the Kawasaki Reading Room has 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

We welcome the community to visit us during our regular business hours to study, relax and look over our resources.


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.

The collection includes texts and movies discussing art, business, geography, history, law, language, literature, politics, and religion. We also have a variety of 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.


April 2020

Meeting Room Reservations

Our meeting room is currently a study/meeting room on a first come first serve basis. 

Advisory Board

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

  • Ikuho Amano, DMLL
  • Parks Coble, History
  • Rumiko Handa, College of Architecture
  • Yaroslav Komarovski, Classics & Religious Studies

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