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Our Owner Debbie Jarson has a unique and sentimental remembrance of Frank Lloyd Wright’s demolished Imperial Hotel.
My father told me a story several years ago about his time in the Army just after the end of WWII. He was fortunate to serve in Tokyo as an Honor Guard to General MacArthur and then later as a driver to the War Tribunal Soviet General Zaryanov. But he was most fortunate to spend time in Tokyo and experience much of the great architecture that existed at that time. Notably The Imperial Hotel.
For my father this was just another building albeit one that was stunningly beautiful. But for me to experience it through my fathers stories, I was in awe of his ability to walk the grounds and wander the hallways. What would it be like to stroll through the lush gardens, have tea at the edge of the ponds strewn with water lilies, sit for a midday meal while looking out over the vast expanse of beauty? Well now, what I only dreamed of is coming true in this wonderful virtual tour provided by Open Culture, a free cultural and educational media accessible on the web.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I have…
The Imperial Hotel has now been digitized for viewing. It’s a WOW – Check it out!