Cyber Book Cafe

This month's articles, interviews, and photos!

  • Flavor of the Month
    Feature Article:
    Free Books!

  • Cream and Sugar
    Featured Interview
    Kei Ishiyama,
    a manga artist.

  • Art Page
    This Month's Artist
    Kenji Yoshida

  • Library
    Decline of Collective Intelligence 
    A book review by Chizuko Jaggard

  • Past Articles
    Past articles from previous months are now available on the Cafe Page in the right column.

Read reviews of Japanese Books, interviews with fascinating Japanese and Japanese American artists, writers, and notable people. Featuring photography of and about Japan and its culture and Japanese influence in America. Japanese Anime and Science Fiction.

Cyber Book Cafe

Osaka Castle in Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka prefecture, JapanOsaka Castle in Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan. Photo by 663highland

Welcome Japanese version click here

The Carlock Book Café
consists of this online website (Carlock Book Café) サイバー・ブック・カフェ and a physical library of Japanese books 私設日本語図書 located in Carlock, Illinois.

This online café provides articles on Japan and Japanese-American articles, photos, interviews and more. Its a gathering place for Japan oriented “Nihon-kei”「日本系」people. (An explanation of “Nihon-kei follows below.) This cyber café is filled with book reviews, art displays, and a bilingual バイリンガル blog.
The physical Japanese library is located in Central Illinois (Directions) and holds some 8500 books, and is open to the public once a month. Click the calendar icon above or here for the open house dates.
Founded by Chizuko Tsukamoto Jaggard ジャガード塚本千津子 with technical and other assistance from Peter Grabas.

[私設図書=private library]
[日本語図書=Japanese library]
[ブックカフェ=book café]

What is Nihon-kei?

I take the liberty of using the word Nihon-kei as being related with Japan in one way or another. Whether you are Japanese or Japanese descent, interested in Japanese culture, studying Japanese, practicing judo or kendo, have hosted a Japanese student, or what have you, you are all Nihon-kei by my definition.

May I suggest that you take a look at the Café Menu to the left first!

The Café Menu It will provide you with a monthly topic and information such as guest interviews, insights into Japanese life, society, history and events of interest we call Cream and Sugar (and other surprises to come).

The Cyber Library section, you'll find access to the catalog of 8500 books, book reviews by Café's members, search tips, New Book Arrivals to the library, and more.

The Blog is available for viewing by all (but you have to be a member to post) where you can exchange your opinions and information on a broad range of subjects, and get to meet fascinating people. You can use either English or Japanese in the blog since this is a bi-lingual site.

Our Calendar has the open house dates for physical library in Carlock, Illinois as well as other events and some interesting dates that relate to Japanese culture.

The Art Page will introduce you to Nihon-kei artists in broad genres. We will feature an artist every month or so (to all Nihon-kei writers, singers, and performers--don't be daunted by the brush icon, contact us to be displayed). For those who live within a driving range of Carlock, Illinois, a privately owned library with some 8500 Japanese books is available for visitation and conversation, since we host coffee and tea. You can check books out free of charge. Please visit the Library section for details and check the calendar for dates. I am obliged to Peter (He is also a featured artist), who designed the Carlock Book Café logo, and constructed the site. This logo depicts my thoughts on the Carlock Book Café in a precise graphic manner. The red circle represents the cyber book Café, where Nihon-kei people gather, exchange information, and interact within and outside the sphere. Their potential is boundless, or infinity.

Chizuko Jaggard

Owner of the Carlock Book Café

Bookcases are in great need, would you consider donating them to the Carlok Book Café? Please contact Chizuko by email:

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We Are Growing!

In the months ahead we will be adding more monthly articles and features to this site!

Keep an eye out for:

Directions to the Japanese Book Library & Cafe in Carlock Illinois

If your broweser won't display Japanese text

contact us and we'll tell you how to set your brower to display the text. Thanks.

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Sapporo Winter Festival in Hokkaido

Discover Nippon YouTube video of Sapporo Winter Festival

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Performer dwarfed by Sapporo Winter Festival Sculpture

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