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This is abandoned mine of Oyaishi stone.

Frank Lloyd Wright visited Japan for Imperial Hotel design in 1915. He gave many Japanese architects big influence till Imperial Hotel was completed in 1922.
The ground plan of Imperial Hotel spent several months. Because this was an extremely complicated building, the ground plan and the structure were complicated. A plane was full of surprise and joy of the space that changed endlessly, and it was thought that any kind of small dimensions were Japanesque. By structure, there was a problem how handled vibration of an earthquake, but he devised a method to support a structure body by technique of genius.
It became a condition of a contract to stay in Tokyo till a hotel was completed. Therefore Wright stayed in Japan until 1921, and it was possible for control to one one of every details part, the decorative skill of Imperial Hotel and the furniture which could enter inside. It is recognized the true value in this way by him, and a used Oyaishi stone is handed down until part neighbor of this Imperial Hotel, today.
Wright left Japan, and the Great Kanto Earthquake attacked Tokyo in 1923 after two years, and most of towns collapsed. A few days later, the American newspaper reported that Imperial Hotel had been completely broken, but Wright was hardly believed.
And a famous telegram was sent with him.

"The hotel was not broken as a monument of your genius. There are many people without a house. Because I took complete service, I give you a congratulatory address. Baron Okura"
                 

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