The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo is nothing if not an enticing kaleidoscope of everything Japanese, new and old. One irresistible face for many of our guests from overseas is the seductive Toko-an Tea Pavilion, a collection of nely crafted sukiyazukuri parlors created to spotlight the quintessentially Japanese art of preparing, presenting and drinking green tea, transcended to the levels of an art form of the highest degree. Above is the parlor of the Toko-an, designed for us by the legendary Togo Murano, who also several years ago re-created parts of the imperial palace.17SPATIAL POETRYTO SOOTHE THE SOUL,AN EXTRAORDINARY TEA SERVICE

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