Imperial Hotel Tokyo brochure. 23.75 x 10cm color brochure for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo opens to 39.75 x 10cm. The front and rear has a lovely double page color print of the Imperial hotel with pine trees in the foreground and Mount Fuji in the background with 帝国ホテル [Teikoku Hotel] at the top in Japanese and “Imperial Hotel Tokyo Japan” printed on the bottom in English. Intended for foreign visitors, the brochure has descriptions of the hotel, known as, “The Jewel of the Orient,” during its heyday. 5 black and white photos of the interior and exterior of the hotel and local landmarks with English text. Room and meal prices also in English.
The hotel cable address, but no telephone number, and a reference to the Boy’s Festival in May dates the brochure to the late Taisho to early Showa period (1923-1948), the latter date being the year the government changed the holiday from “Boy’s Day” to “Children’s Day.”
A page of attractions by month, a 5 day sample itinerary and cultural attractions of interest are listed for the foreign traveller on two inside folds.
The building’s exterior and interior as well as most furnishings and dishes and glassware, were designed by well-known US architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The hotel stood in central Tokyo from 1923, when it was completed, until 1968 when it was demolished to make room for an updated building.
This pamphlet is a reminder of a time when the hotel was considered the finest in Japan, a symbol of cooperation between Japan and the US; a blend of traditional East Asian and Native American design and modern Western aesthetics. Good condition.