Photo/IllutrationThe interior of the former main building of the Imperial Hotel reproduced with virtual reality technology (Provided by Toppan Printing Co.)

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A dazzling representation of the venerable Imperial Hotel in its heyday will soon be available, courtesy of Toppan Printing Co.

The company is using virtual reality technology to reproduce the former main building of the hotel designed by noted U.S. architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959).

The former main building was constructed in 1923 and torn down in 1967 due to its aging facilities and other reasons.

The dismantled structure was later moved to and reassembled on the grounds of the Museum Meiji-Mura in Inuyama, Aichi Prefecture. The central entrance of the main building as it once was is on display there.

In summer 2016, Toppan Printing began collecting 20,000 materials to digitally reproduce the former main building. The project is expected to be completed by March.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth.

The hotel featured a complex geometric design that is said to be representative of Wright's works. Hollywood stars Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe stayed there.

Toppan Printing has been involved in recreating cultural properties based on virtual reality technology since the latter half of the 1990s. It has reproduced more than 50 properties for display at its own facility or special exhibitions elsewhere.