Checking Out: The Final Days of Hotel Okura
Aug15

Checking Out: The Final Days of Hotel Okura

by Russel Wong, Kyoto Journal The announcement that the Hotel Okura was slated for demolition in the summer of 2015 reverberated around the world, and was duly met with harsh criticism. Architects, designers and historians, not to mention the hotel’s former patrons — including heads of state, world-class actors and fashion house moguls — lamented that the Okura’s unique sensibility could never be replicated. Many fear that the...

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