Godzilla is honored in Tokyo Godzilla's head is unveiled as the irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Tokyo's Shinjuku ward during its awards ceremony in Tokyo (AP photo / Getty Images)
Godzilla is honored in Tokyo
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Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the movie monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Tokyo's Shinjuku ward.

A Godzilla-size head towering 171 feet above ground level has been unveiled at an office of Toho. It is the Japanese studio behind the 1954 original movie. Toho is shooting a comeback film this year.

Godzilla's standing as an icon has had its ups and downs. However, its stature has been reinstated. That came after the Hollywood "Godzilla," directed by Gareth Edwards, became a global hit last year.

Japan is hoping the biggest star in this nation's movie history will help lure tourists. A market-opening strategy was launched by the prime minister.

At an awards ceremony next to the giant Godzilla head, an actor in a rubber suit waddled to Shinjuku Mayor Kenichi Yoshizumi. However, Toho executive Minami Ichikawa had to accept the residency certificate in Godzilla's place. The suit's claws aren't designed to grab anything.

The longtime belief is that any place Godzilla destructs in the movies is sure to prosper in real life, Yoshizumi said.

"Godzilla is a character that is the pride of Japan," he said.

Hiroshi Ohnishi is the chief executive of the Isetan-Mitsukoshi department store chain. He heads the area's tourism promotion. Ohnishi kept referring to Godzilla with the very polite honorific "sama." It is used at the end of a name. It underlines respect for the creature as a business-drawing landmark for the region.

The fire-breathing monster is called "gojira." In Japanese, the word combines "gorilla" and "kujira," or "whale." Godzilla was born a genetic aberration. The fictional monster was caused by nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean.

The reptilian mutation also symbolized a national trauma over the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They occurred at the end of World War II.

The first Godzilla was directed by Ishiro Honda. It includes both an unforgettable score and bestial screech. The film is revered as a classic.

In 2004, Toho announced it had made its last Godzilla, the 28th in the series.

Toho's reboot is set for release next year. That's ahead of Edwards' sequel for Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers, planned for 2018.

In the films over the years, Godzilla has done a lot of damage. It demolished Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, the Parliament building and several castles in Japan. It also tore down the Golden Gate Bridge and other chunks of San Francisco in the Hollywood version.

Shinjuku, known for its down-home bars and noodle restaurants, has not been spared. It was flattened in three Toho movies.

If Godzilla chooses to return, it can now stomp on its own giant head. However, Ichikawa told reporters where it will show up was still undecided.

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COMMENTS (251)
  • dc2000blue
    4/16/2015 - 08:39 a.m.

    This articular is about a movie monster named Godzilla. Also that he is honored in Tokyo.
    Last thing is that they are trying to make him a big movie star.

  • cF00oKc
    4/16/2015 - 08:44 a.m.

    thats kool the do a lot of godzillla in toho because i think thats what they believe in but its cool too they making other godzilla movie i would love to watch.

  • SladeG-2
    4/16/2015 - 09:06 a.m.

    This article is about Japan honoring the original Godzilla movie by placing a statue of Godzilla in front of an office building. The statue is a an astonishing 171 feet above ground level. The company who made the original screenplay, Toho, are creating w comeback movie after the Godzilla movie that was made last year. In the films over the years, Godzilla has destroyed many things. It demolished the Tokyo tower, Rainbow bridge, and many other historical buildings. My opinion on this article is that I think it is a good idea that the original company that made the first Godzilla movie is trying to make another.

  • Rachelc-Pav
    4/16/2015 - 10:00 a.m.

    I think this is really cool because tourists will be able to see Godzilla, which is a huge tourist attraction. Also, it is really cool because they are tying the movie events in with the real life locations. This will cause more and more tourists to want to visit Japan even more.

  • laurenm-boo
    4/16/2015 - 11:08 a.m.

    It says in the text that Godzilla was born a genetic aberration. The fictional monster was caused by nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean near Tokyo,Japan.

  • nittayah-boo
    4/16/2015 - 11:10 a.m.

    Godzila is called "gojira." In Japanese, the word combines "gorilla" and "kujira," or "whale." Godzilla was born a genetic aberration. The fictional monster was caused by nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean. He symbolized the trauma after hiroshima.

  • chrisr-boo
    4/16/2015 - 11:11 a.m.

    The huge monster Godzilla was born a genetic aberration. The fictional sea monster was caused by nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean near Tokyo, Japan.

  • jonr-Che
    4/16/2015 - 12:01 p.m.

    I think that it is pretty cool that they made a head of Godzilla as a tourism place to attract tourist to come and visit. I think it cool that they remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki because Godzilla was made by nuclear testing in the ocean.

  • valorgosch
    4/16/2015 - 12:08 p.m.

    Godzilla! A phrase commonly yelled by panicking civilians in the giant lizards film has received his own landmark thanks to the iconic film which last year was rebooted by Gareth edwards and ended grossing over 500 million dollars. has been honored by the japanese government with a large statue and the actor who played the Giant lizard was given an award. Toho productions plans on rebooting their series and hopes to battle against the american godzilla series

  • DC1024Kaiser
    4/16/2015 - 01:00 p.m.

    That is cool that they did that cause Godzilla was one of the most popular movies ever. I watched all the movies they always out do themselves. So that is a cool thing

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