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PARKHOTEL MONDSCHEIN

A Rich Cultural History Combined with a Refined Design Aesthetic at this Modern Luxe Hotel

FUFU KYOTO

An Intimate Luxury Hotel that Entwines Traditional Japanese Dining, Architecture and Hospitality with Modern Elegance

JACQUEMUS PARIS

A Pure Interior Led By Playfulness and Surprise

The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre

The Charred-Brick 'Black Box' Presenting The Beauty Of Theatre & Performance

GAIA

British Artist Luke Jerram’s Explores The Vastness of Our Earth

Honouring ISSEY MIYAKE

The Legacy Remains: Merging Art & Fashion, East & West, Tradition & Technical Innovation

UNITED PLACES BOTANIC GARDENS

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Naoshima Ryokan ROKA

Designed by Okayama-based studio Nottuo, a New Modern Stay on Japan’s ‘Art Island’

Restaurang ÄNG

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JAPANESE CRAFTSMANSHIP: BAMBOO WEAVING

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HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE SS23

As Ever, The Joy Of Movement & Ease of Pleats Prevails

Serpentine Pavilion 2022

Artist Theaster Gates Designs the 21st Pavilion

BRUT-AL

Argentinian-Australian Designer Alexander Lotersztain's Ode to Brutalism

Serpentine Pavilions 2000-2021

A Champ Online Retrospective Of Two Decades of The Radical Architectural Event

PURE FORM

The Art Gallery of South Australia Presents Japan's Avant-Garde Ceramics

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The Okura Tokyo’s Opening Ceremony

The Historic Moment In Images

September, 2019

Four years after the announcement of Hotel Okura’s Main Wing closure, the new adjacent towers under the consolidated title The Okura Tokyo were unveiled in an Opening Ceremony with special honorary guest HIH Princess Takamado, Architect Yoshio Taniguchi and Okura Executives. After an official ribbon cut, the ceremony continued with a noh Performance in the Main Lounge, led by Noh Master Kiyokazu Kanze (the 36th Grand Master of the Kanze School) in a poignant and reflective performance. The moment seemed to symbolise a progression yet an ongoing preservation of Japan’s traditions that continue to shape past, present and future of a cultural identity. Photographer Vien Tran documents the monumental event with Champ Editor In Chief Joanna Kawecki.

Entrance | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
Entrance | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | © Vien Tran
Preparations | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | © Vien Tran
Architect Yoshio Taniguchi Looks On | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike arrives | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
Honoured Guest Princess Takamado | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | © Vien Tran
Making It Official: The Ribbon Cut | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Ribbon Cut | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
From Left; President Hotel Okura Tokyo Masaharu Naruse, Architect Yoshio Taniguchi, Director Taisei Corporation Takashi Yamauchi, Chairman Hotel Okura Yoshihiko Okura, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, President Hotel Okura Yoshihiro Ogita, President Nippon Steel Kowa Real Estate Yasuhiko Imaizumi, Chairman Hotel Okura Tokyo Masaki Ikeda, General Manager Hotel Okura Tokyo Shinji Uehara | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
Hotel Okura Tokyo President Masaharu Naruse with Architech Yoshio Taniguchi | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | © Vien Tran
The First Guest Through The Doors, HIH Princess Takamado | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
NOH Performers from the Kanze School | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
NOH Master Kiyokazu Kanze | The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | © Vien Tran
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | © Vien Tran
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | © Vien Tran
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | © Vien Tran
The Okura Tokyo | © Vien Tran (2019)

The Okura Tokyo
Opening Ceremony
12.09.2019

Photography: Vien Tran
Words:
Joanna Kawecki

The Okura Tokyo Main Lounge Details | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
The Okura Tokyo | Opening Ceremony | Photo: © Vien Tran (2019)
September, 2019