Makoto Minami 1892 - 1951
Makoto Minami, a specialist in structural engineering, worked
on the Imperial Hotel project, but not directly with Wright. Following Wright's return to America in
1922 and the hotel's axing of construction staff to save funds, Minami joined forces with Arata Endo.
While Arata was still overseeing completion of the Imperial, Minami moved to Ashiya, in western Japan,
and began construction on the Wright-designed Tazaemon Yamamura House.