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Tokyo's '60s-era modernist masterpiece Hotel Okura, which hosted foreign leaders, royalty, celebrities and even James Bond, turns off the lights Monday, more than a half century after it heralded Japan's postwar coming out party.Despite an outcry from preservationists, the prestigious 53-year-old property shuts its doors for a four-year makeover that will give way to a gleaming highrise hotel – the latest heritage building to undergo a facelift in the ultramodern Japanese capital.The Okura's main building will be torn down next month, although an annex building next door is to remain open.The Okura, which was considered an architectural jewel in postwar Japan, opened in 1962, just two years before the Tokyo Olympics.The 510-room new hotel will be set in twin towers – the highest a 41-story glass building – to open in spring 2019, ahead of Tokyo's Olympic Games the following year.
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