International Library of Children’s Literature, National Diet Library
There is tasteful Renaissance style architecture near Ueno Park. It is the International Library of Children’s Literature. Their specialty is children’s books.
Their collection of children’s literature both domestic and international for children to have more opportunities to reading.
There are the Brick Buildings from Meiji period and Arch Buildings which was built as an extent in 2015.
Please be introduced the Brick Buildings designated as a historic building by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Let’s take a look in the building.
It was planned to make use of old structure as much as possible and succeeded to keep some space as it was built.
Children’s Library on the first floor is open-shelf library primarily for children up to elementary school. There is a space children can enjoy books with shoes off.
There is a small exhibition space which exhibits children’s books according the season or seasonal event.
You can take a look and compare children’s books like “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “Guardian of the Spirit” published in different countries.
The room interior is restored as it’s originally built. The tasteful ceiling decorated with plaster and parquetry floor express it was a VIP room.
It is amazing to see the collection throughout the period.
There are four decorated plaster columns, the technique called “Takekomai” is very characteristic. It is plastered over iron truss pole covered by hemp attached bamboo net.
Next exhibition will be “Learning countries by picture books – gift from IFLA” from April 11th. There will be picture books selected by librarians all over the world.
For example, the ten meters high ceiling hall with a good acoustic is used for concert that is combination of playing music and reading books to children.
Please join the tour with children.