Searching for Wright in Japan

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bryannc
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Searching for Wright in Japan

Post by bryannc »

Hello everyone,
I will be traveling to Japan for a week in December. The Imperial Hotel is no longer there. Is there any Wright related buildings/sites that I can visit in Japan, particularly around Tokyo?
For some reason, I have this impression that someone built an Imperial Hotel look alike/replica somewhere in Japan. Anybody knows anything about it?

Thank you for your help.

Bryannc

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Post by krietzerjak »

The entrance and lobby of the Imperial was reconstructed in Nagoya in the Meiji-Mura open air architecture museum. The Yamamura house may be open to visitors, in Hyogo-Ken, Japan. Jiyu Gakuen Girl's School may have areas open to the public, Tokyo.

Andy

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Post by RonMcCrea »

Check out this web site:

http://www.wrightinjapan.org/

Also, see Karen Severns' film "Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan." There are buildings by Wright's associate Arata Endo you could also see, and by architect Antonin Raymond, who worked on the Imperial with Wright and then stayed on to build many more modern buildings.

There is also a deluxe tour planned for the end of next March that will go to several cities, including Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Hakone. It's around $7K not including air fare, and you have to be able-bodied, but it sure would be great.

http://www.wrightwaytravel.org/current- ... japan.html

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Post by Roderick Grant »

A book about those "almost Wright" buildings in Japan was published in the 80s, never available in the states. (I saw a copy Kathryn Smith bought in Japan.) Some of the buildings look so convincingly like FLW's work that one might easily conclude he did them, so beware of false claims.

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Post by Reidy »

One such building was the official Prime Minister's residence, built in 1929 and subsequently replaced by a larger building. I don't know if the old one is still there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kantei_1929.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2774/4298 ... 571a_z.jpg

http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/vt2/sub/index.html (requires Real Player)

http://blog.buildllc.com/wp-content/upl ... images.jpg

According to the Wright in Japan link above, he actually designed an official residence, though the drawing they show doesn't much resemble the building that was finally built.

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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

These two are open to the public:

Imperial Hotel Lobby, Museum at Meiji-mura, Nagoya, Japan: http://www.meijimura.com/english/


Jiyugakuen Myonichikan, 2-31-3, Nishiikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan: http://www.jiyu.jp/tatemono/index-e.html

Antonin Raymond stayed in Japan after Wright returned to the USA. He and Wright's other Japanese apprentices probably account for those other "Wrightian" buildings in Japan.
Owner of the G. Curtis Yelland House (1910), by Wm. Drummond

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Post by bryannc »

Thank you so much for those helpful information. I appreciate it.

Bryannc

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Post by krietzerjak »

I found an interesting website on the Yamamura house. The house is located about 327 miles from Tokyo.

Map and tour information:
http://www.yodoko.co.jp/geihinkan/map/index_e.html

Here is the main page. Be sure to check all the links on here, especially "secrets of guesthouse":
http://www.yodoko.co.jp/geihinkan/index_e.html

Andy

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Post by Roderick Grant »

Interesting factoid about Yamamura: Built after FLW last left Japan, Arata Endo, who was in charge of construction, used FLW's floor plans with English measurements, but drew elevations and sections with Japanese measurements, giving the house an exaggerated height, like a slightly slenderized version of Hollyhock House, to which the design is closely related. It also contains both American-styled rooms and traditional Japanese tatami, shoji, tokonoma rooms.

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Post by Palli »

There are also Apprentices who practice in Japan. Karen Serverns identified an Usonian House with perfs for me as the work of FLLW Apprentice Ryosuke Isoya. He has only a few houses, the one I saw images of was in Mitaka.
The house: http://risoya.at.infoseek.co.jp/work.htm
His site: http://risoya.at.infoseek.co.jp/slidesh ... index.html
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Post by Paul Ringstrom »

Palli,
Neither of those links work for me.
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Post by Roderick Grant »

Nor me

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Ryosuke Isoya

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Post by Palli »

When therman7g called his work to my attention several years ago the website was operational on a Japanese server... I do hope it is archived somewhere and I hope he is in good health.

Therman7g, Have you archived any images of his Usonian House?
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Post by SDR »

This appeared at Lotta Living, seven years ago . . .

http://www.lottaliving.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5926

SDR

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