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Shawn Mahler’s Roundtable Discussion: Chizawa Bay

Writer, director and producer Shawn Mahler will lead an informal discussion about his debut novel Chizawa Bay at Imaike Library Club on Nov. 28th. Chizawa Bay is a slice-of-life novel set in a small, rural seaside community in central Japan. The story dives into the hearts and minds of the residents and explores their relationships and worldviews. Throughout the novel many life-philosophies …

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Construction Update (Week 8)

Welcome to the 8th week of construction! This was initially supposed to be the final week of construction, but, unsurprisingly, it will be extended…but only by one week. This is really not a very long extension given that delays in getting materials due to COVID-19 was the primary cause for the extension. This was a …

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Construction Update (Week 7)

This week consisted mostly of drywall, putty, and wallpaper, but also holes in ceiling were cut for the lighting and a nifty little storage area for the toilet was crafted out of some of the book-shelving space which would have otherwise gone to waste. I’d like to first talk about this storage area, and point …

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Construction Update (Week 6)

It was a busy week starting with the completion of the wall studs and rafters (下地). In Japanese, they use this word shitaji as a sort of cover term for these, which translates to “foundation” or “groundwork” (here’s an example). This does make sense in that the studs, or framing, whether it be on the …

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Construction Update (Week 4)

Despite the slowed progress from the coronavirus, the construction continues. An initial five-day week was whittled down to three, but much was accomplished nonetheless. First was the electrical wiring, which, combined with the labor costs, came to ¥320,000. One nice thing is that a few weeks prior, we got to decide where we’d like all …

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Construction Update (Week 3)

Week 3 was initially scheduled to have four days of contruction, but has been since narrowed down to two due to the timing of being able to get materials during the coronavirus pandemic. Notwithstanding this setback, the construction saw some good progress. Week 3 (see here for weeks 1 & 2) began with the installation …

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The Construction Begins!

On Thursday, July 30, 2020 the first day of construction began. This mostly involved tearing out the old flooring left behind from the previous tenant. We had thought it would be usable for the library, but upon further inspection we discovered it was too old and worn to be able to support stacks of heavy …

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How to build a library Part 4: Discovering the construction company Nishiki Kenchiku

After more than three months of searching, we are happy to announce that we found a company to build our library for a reasonable cost. Their name is Nishiki Kenchiku (錦建築有限会社), and they can do the project for around ¥5,000,000. It took some time for us to get to this point: we received proposals from …

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