With all that has been going on recently including Boys for Sale receiving multiple awards (STORY) and being featured in the Japan Times (HERE), as well as a feature about my all of my Japanese-language documentaries in Japan being published in the Metropolis magazine (HERE), one piece of news somehow escaped my attention: Part 2 of the piece I was commissioned to direct about American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's connection to the Imperial Hotel Tokyo was published in October (!).
The episode opens with Meiji-mura Museum researcher and archivist Nakano Yuko explaining the features of the Wright Imperial lobby which has been painstakingly preserved and reconstructed in Aichi Prefecture.
Ms. Koike and Mr. Ishihara, both of whom worked in the building designed by Wright and who have a combined 107 years of experience working at the Imperial (!), make another appearance in Part 2. A link to the column for Part 2 with embedded video is HERE, while a direct link to the video is below:
A link to the column for Part 1 with embedded video is HERE, while a direct link to the video is below:
As part of this project, I also directed a 40-second commercial which was first released in the summer and which now has over a half-million views!
Links to the previous episodes I directed for the Imperial can be found below:
Imperial Hospitality (Part 1): Stories from The Imperial Floor (Nov 2016)
Imperial Hospitality (Part 2): Stories from The Imperial’s Bars and Lounge (Feb 2017)
Imperial Hospitality (Part 3): Story from The Imperial’s “Toko-an” Tea Ceremony Room (April 2017)