Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Hotel was built in 1923, demolished in 1967, and only of which entrance is still left as a museum in a small city far away from Tokyo where it was built. In order to make it the best hotel in Asia, its design was requested of Frank Lloyd Wright. The name of the architect is one of the big factors for the building to go down in history, but there’s another big factor. On the very day of unveiling the hotel, the Great Kanto Earthquake hit Tokyo and claimed more than 140,000 lives, but it remained intact.
God in the Decorations
I visited the museum sometimes when I lived near the small city. What impressed me most is the decorations on the windows and pillars. Due to the natural light through the window decorations and illumination light leaked from inside the pillars, I felt like being draped in light, and the decorations deeply reminded me of the words: God is in the details.
We Have to Also See the Wood.
As I was writing before, being detail-oriented is one of the Japanese national characters. In that sense, our furniture can be said to be full of God. Having said that, I don’t mean such a national character always works better. For example, there are some Japanese cars of which design is extremely good in details but strange when they are seen on the whole. “You can’t see the wood for the trees.” This would be another saying that we have to keep in mind.
He is travelling around the world. His passion is to explain Japan to the world, from the unique viewpoint accumulated through his career: overseas posting, MBA holder, former official of the Ministry of Finance.