An incredible public library located at Akita International University in Akita City proves its never-fading beauty from the history of Akita’s world of geisha. From AIU’s first president, Mineo Nakajima, Nakajima Library was founded in 2008.

Nakajima said “Why can’t a library, which is the heart of a university, be open 24 hours a day like a convenience store?” Through this, the so-called “library that doesn’t sleep” is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Nakajima Library was skillfully created by architect Mitsuri Senda, who used a wooden theme for the interior design of the library. Senda made use of Akita’s cedar woods and used them to create the wooden roof and center base. The Japanese umbrella known as wagasa was used as the library’s concept.

Because of its magnificent architectural design and wonderful collections of books, this place best fits all book lovers who want to enjoy reading in a good learning environment. That’s the true beauty of Akita library and the reason why it’s called the most beautiful library in Japan.