Something Old, Something New
By Evanna Ramly | 22 May 2017 00:38
In his 2004 novel, After Dark, the award-winning Japanese author Haruki Murakami alluded to the unending buzz of Tokyo that continues long after the sun has gone down: “Even at a time like this, the street is bright enough and filled with people coming and going – people with places to go and people with no place to go; people with a purpose and people with no purpose; people trying to hold time back and people trying to urge it forward.”

Murakami’s riveting lines on juxtapositions in Tokyo culture are by no means an exaggeration. From people and architecture to cuisine and fashion, there is an inimitable sense of agelessness here that is almost incongruous with its pioneering technology and a lifestyle seemingly plucked from the pages of a sci-fi adventure. To be right in the heart of the city and witness the very surrealism such literary marvels are made of is a remarkable experience in itself.

This incredible amalgamation of past and future is beautifully captured by the contrasting highlights of Keio Plaza Hotel, located in Shinjuku. Launched in 1971 as the first skyscraper hotel in the land of the rising sun, the aim here is to encapsulate all the beauty of Japan within the establishment itself.