IMPERIAL HOTEL TOKYO

JAPAN FOUND. THE ALLURE OF TEMPTATION

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Guests at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo will find exquisite samples of
numerous Japanese antiques, traditional arts and fine local crafts,
without taking a step outside the hotel. The Imperial Arcade on
Lower Level One of the Main Building and the Imperial Hotel
Plaza shops in the Imperial Tower both feature some irresistible
possibilities that will make superb gifts or heirloom quality personal
investments. Start with a stop at the Shobido porcelains shop in
the Arcade. Above are a trio of whimsically created porcelain
Arita ware bears of enchanting originality, available at
Shobido together with a large range of other fine Japanese ceramics.

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This delightful work of Japanese ceramic art portrays a quartet of
Chinese children amusing themselves with a toy horse's head. It was
made in Arita and dates from 1750, and is in perfect condition.
It and the stunning array of magnificent antiquities at Antique Tei in
the Imperial Plaza bespeak the refinement evident throughout this
distinguished shop, very much worth a visit if even just to be tempted.

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Aficionados and collectors of extravagantly elegant dinnerware will
find the merchandise on display in the gracious Noritake and
Okura shop in the Imperial Arcade on Lower Level One of
the Main Building completely captivating. This finely hand-painted
plate is among many others here of similar lure, with a beautiful gilt
rim and a deep, lustrous navy border. Festooned in the center are
opalescent, pale pink cherry blossoms. The plate is part of a complete
49 piece dinner setting made by Japan's legendary Okura Art China.

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This gorgeous sword is 150 years old.
The detailed phoenix motifs in the opulent sheath are
often seen in items made for the imperial household.

It was fashioned employing the utmost technology at
the time and is extraordinarily sharp. Its beauty is said to
lie in the impact it has on the viewer. It is an object said to
be associated with Shinto divinity and said to
cleanse the spirit and protect the user from evil.

This piece is among dozens of precious swords and
blades officially registered with the government as works of art,
on display at Sokendo, Lower Level One, in the Main Building.

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