A LOOK BACK – HOTEL OKURA, TOKYO
The Hotel Okura in Toranomon, Tokyo.
In 1962, a stellar group of leading Japanese designers and architects was curated and coordinated to create the sophisticated space reflecting Japanese tradition and 60’s design aesthetic. The power team included direction by architects Yoshihiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka, Printmaker Shiko Munakata, ceramicist Kenkichi Tomimoto and art deco glass and wood lighting and furniture throughout.
A simply captivating space, opened in 1962 and is a perfect example of true classic art deco Japanese design and architecture. The Main Wing has been recently closed since August 31st set for an unfortunate demolition, with the South Wing seeing an expansion to accommodate existing retailers, bars and guests – hopefully retaining the same charm.
With impeccable attention to detail, the Hotel Okura Main Wing was a step back in time. The classic Orchid Bar barmen and waiters wore all-white suits and black bow ties, offering a stellar dry vodka martini. The Main lounge held a captivating array of mustard yellow art deco lights, and retro seats that provided a contemplative setting, accompanied by the Reception desk staff and Cloak room hostess in a traditional kimono, all attentively waiting to provide their hospitality.
An experience never to forget.
Champ Photographer Vien Tran captures the final days of the Main Wing at the iconic Hotel Okura, Tokyo.
All photos: Vien Tran