16The decision to include a tea ceremony room in plans for the new Main Building, which is Western-style and opened in 1970, was firmly rooted in the Imperial Hotel’s history of caring for overseas visitors; housing a tea ceremony room inside of the hotel itself provides guests an opportunity to participate in a traditional Japanese custom that they may not otherwise experience.The Toko-an consists of three chambers in which ceremonies of various sizes can be held. “It was designed in the Sukiya-style by master architect Togo Murano” Tanaka-sensei told us as she guided us through the waiting area. “Many people interested in architecture come to see his work.”Stepping across the stone path, freshly sprinkled with water reminiscent of newly fallen dew, we were led past a beautiful Japanese garden that had been landscaped on top of the roof of the Imperial’s third oor.

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