“On April 3 1955 [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
“Although we were prepared on our visit in 1952 to discover that Japan was a country of ‘contradictions,’ to use a familiar cliché of those who deliver travelogues, it did not take us long to find out that the cliché was true.
“In 1952 any Westerner would discover this when he came to that intersection in downtown Tokyo where upon turning left he would see the then modern Nikkatsu Hotel with its bars, drugstores, doormen, flower shops, and liquor stores; and upon turning right he would see the Emperor’s Palace, complete with moats and drawbridges.”
– Journeys to the Japanese, 1952-1979, by Lucia White & Morton White, 2011
“In a city like Tokyo, there are a number of stores which specialize exclusively in foreign products.
“Pharmacies can be found in all localities and are well supplied with all kinds of medicines, cosmetics, and toilet articles. The question of special medicines may present problems to a foreigner and the language barrier may further compound the difficulty.
“To help remedy this situation, Tokyo and Kobe have the American Pharmacy where various kinds of imported medicines and other medical needs can be obtained and where there is a registered pharmacist on duty.”
– “Living in Japan: A Brief Guide for Foreigners”, Japan Information Service (Consulate General of Japan), 1968
Just for the record! This Hotel appears at the end of the film “Battle in outer space” made in 1955.
Very cool Hotel indeed!
Nice reportage, I like it.