Nikkatsu Hotel, c. 1960.

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Nikkatsu Hotel, Tokyo, c. 1965.

Nikkatsu Hotel, Tokyo, c. 1965.

“On April 3 [Joseph] Campbell flew to Tokyo and was whisked efficiently to the expensive Nikkatsu Hotel. ‘But hurray for Tokyo and the Japanese,’ he wrote. ‘This tops Hong Kong and scores supreme for the cities of Asia visited so far.

‘My hotel is an absolutely modern, absolutely clean, perfectly efficient, fine affair, with intelligent, trim hallboys and good service. The hot water is hot; the fixtures work; the room is attractive: and – the Japanese touch – when I entered I found the matchbox placed in a studied and pretty way against the ashtray: the desk blotter aptly placed on the desk, and the bureau drawers partly out, in an orderly way.’

Joseph Campbell: A Fire in the Mind: The Authorized Biography, by Stephen Larsen, Ph.D. & Robin Larsen, 2002

“Having retreated from the production scene a dozen years earlier, all but forced out of the business by the wartime formation of Daiei, [Nikkatsu] continued as a theater-holding company after the war, making its money by showing American films … The profits from exhibitions allowed Kyusaku Hori, head of Nikkatsu, to build the big Nikkatsu International Building not only to house Nikkatsu’s home offices but also to provide ‘class’ rental office space, luxury shops [including the American Pharmarcy, well-known to the expat community], and for the first time a modern hotel to rival the old and more famous Imperial Hotel. The Nikkatsu Hotel, opened in 1952, was the first modern hotel built in Tokyo after WWII.”

The Japanese Film: Art and Industry, by Joseph L. Anderson, 1982

Nikkatsu Hotel, c. 1955.

Nikkatsu Hotel, c. 1955.

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