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FCCJ Press Tour to Imperial Hotel Tokyo

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FCCJ Press Tour to Imperial Hotel Tokyo

In collaboration with Keizai Koho Center, ten Club members toured the Imperial Hotel Tokyo on Oct. 12, the 150th anniversary of the birth of world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Regarded as a genius for his use of natural materials, Wright used unique Japanese oya stone in building the original Imperial, in 1923. His warm and elegant style, matching the syle of Japanese traditional hospitality, attracted foreign and domestic dignitaries and celebrities.

Media members learned more of the history of the hotel from a special exhibition in the main lobby showing, among other exhibits, examples of Wright’s designs of cutlery, tableware and furniture.

From there the group checked out the Old Imperial Bar and the Frank Lloyd Wright Suite. Despite the current campaign against smoking in public spaces, the Old Imperial Bar defiantly permits not only cigarette but also cigar smoking.

In the elegant, wood-paneled Wright Suite the media visitors were attracted by the spacious double ceiling. But any FCCJ members who might have considered making reservations had to entertain second thoughts after hearing the daily rate of US$7,000.

Published in: November 2017

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