This morning, before getting online, I was trying to brainstorm something to write about. One good possibility I came up with was a 50-year-old Japanese hotel guest booklet, which serves as a companion piece to a postcard I wrote about way back in February.
But I hadn't really made my final decision until I came downstairs and logged into Blogger. I found that I had one new reader comment overnight:
Dear ChrisWell, I know a sign when I see one!
Hi,This is Tanaka from Tokyo.
Ginza Tokyu Hotel was a hotel in Ginza, Tokyo.
Built in 1960, the 10 storey hotel was initially the only 4-star hotel.
It closed in May 2001.
So here is today's ephemera post, with an assist from Tanaka, who -- by the way -- also has a marvelous ephemera blog, called Hotel Stationery. Although it's a Japanese-language blog, you can still check out all the wonderful images of paper from around the world.
1961 Ginza Tokyu Hotel guest booklet
(My great-grandmother, Greta, received and saved this booklet when she was a guest there.)
The message on the first page of the booklet states:
Dear Guest:The page with the hotel rates notes that the 1961 dollar-to-yen rate of exchange was $1 = ¥360.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the GINZA TOKYU HOTEL. Our aim is to render your stay with us as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
In order to help us achieve our objective, we will greatly appreciate receiving any constructive criticism or suggestions you may have to offer.
We wish you a happy and enjoyable stay at the GINZA TOKYU HOTEL.
Single-room rates ranged from ¥1,800 to ¥2,200. Japanese-style rooms were ¥3,500 or ¥5,000. And the most expensive room was a deluxe double suite costing ¥20,000.
Here are some of the highlights of the descriptions of the hotel's amenities:
- Main Dining Room: "The Main Dining Room is decorated with the handwoven brocade masterpiece by the world-famed Shikō Munakata. Dinner music from 6 p.m. every evening."
- Ginza Snack (Main Floor): "Serves light lunches, late night snacks, soft drinks. Open: 24 hours a day. Quick service. Popular prices. This snack restaurant provides a 'Picnic Lunch' for ¥600."
- Cocktail Lounge (Main Lobby): "A favorite Rendez-Vous spot. Serves a wide variety of hard and soft drinks. Enjoy our soothing music and soft drinks in our lobby."
- Baby Sitter: "Available from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., ¥100 an hour."
- TV Sets For Rent: "Available at ¥300 a day."
- Important Requests: "Did you know? That many fires are caused by careless people smoking in bed. That dogs and pets disturb the comfort of others and sometimes cause considerable damage. That it is customary in Tokyo, and much more comfortable, to wear a jacket in public at all times. Our exception is the GINZA SNACK which is as casual as any coffee shop."
- Masseur, Masseuse: "Available by appointment from 6 a.m. to midnight, ¥500 an hour."
- Shika Odoshi: "Shika Odoshi or deer alarm is placed in the Main Lobby near the Cocktail Lounge. The bamboo tube hits the stone at regular intervals when it fills with water. This alarm is used for the purpose of frightening deer away."
- Wedding Hall (2nd Floor): "This authentic Japanese Wedding Hall is complete with beauty parlor, ceremonial dresses for rent and photo studio. The Tokyu Travel Service will also arrange your honeymoon trip."
Kirin Beer, Japan's "Top Selling Beer."
Suntory whisky (Bill Murray not included)