As some of you may have heard, Hotel Okura, in Tokyo, was demolished in end of August, mostly due to the earthquake safety issues. Growing up in Chiba Japan, I remember my impression of Hotel Okura as child, was that it was the kind of place I would probably never get to stay at considering how fancy it was. Lucky for me, that turned out not be the case. Last year, Dujour Magazine hired me to photograph the Hotel Okura, and here are some of the photos from that assignment. For me, the main lobby was most memorable. I sat quietly in one of the chairs early in the morning before the shoot, and it seemed as though time was passing at a different speed than normal. I couldn’t quite figure out if time felt faster or slower like the famous Japanese legend of Urashima Taro. It is sad to see a special place like this lost forever, but I’m grateful I got the chance to experience it. The Dujour article can be read here.