International Library of Children's Literature

Library in Ueno & Yanesen

Occupying a handsome brick-clad building dating from 1906, this branch of the National Diet Library stores hundreds of thousands of volumes including picture and kids' story books from around the world. Exhibitions are held here and there is a cafe with an inexpensive menu of food aimed to please children.

In 2002 Ando Tadao's architectural firm designed the Library's contemporary curved-shaped addition to the rear of the building