1 8 9 0When the Imperial Hotel opened in 1890, located where the Imperial Tower now stands, the main entrance of the impressive building faced north. The façade was a graceful example of the German neo-Renaissance style. The ground oor included the Lobby, a dining room, ballroom, orchestra space, a smoking room and a library. There were a total of 60 guestrooms on the ground oor and sections of the second and third oors, which also included ten luxurious suites. The interior, while exuding a Japanese atmosphere, was largely furnished with fittings of the highest quality imported from abroad. The effect was opulent but dignified, and in such a manner The Imperial welcomed its rst foreign guests. From its second year of business through 1903 (excluding 1893 and 1897), The Imperial also hosted the annual Emperor’s Birthday Ball, serving the distinguished guests such luxuries as caviar and foie gras, both of which were rare in Japan at that time.THE IMPERIAL HOTELTAKES A BOW IN HIBIYA4

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