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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.
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
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.
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.
Map and tour information:
Here is the main page. Be sure to check all the links on here, especially "secrets of guesthouse":
The house: http://risoya.at.infoseek.co.jp/work.htm
His site: http://risoya.at.infoseek.co.jp/slidesh ... index.html