Japan bids farewell to modernist design icon as Hotel Okura begins pre-Olympic renovation

The Hotel Okura, a favoured Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics. The redo raised an outcry from those who love the Okura's unique mA©lange of modernism and traditional Japanese esthetics.