Frank Lloyd Wright's former Imperial Hotel, in Hibiya Park in Tokyo, survived the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, but did not escape the wrecking ball, in 1968.
The hotel was Wright's best-known work in Japan, and featured Maya design elements.
However, in an odd twist of fate, the lobby of hotel was rescued and rebuilt. It can be seen in the amazing Meiji Mura, outside of Nagoya.
Entering the vast lobby is literally like taking a step back in time. There is a second floor, a cafe, and some original furniture.
Tel: 0568 67 0314
Admission ¥1,600. 9.30am-5pm (Mar-Oct) 9.30am-4pm (Nov-Feb). Take a bus from outside Inuyama Meitetsu Station.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010