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)
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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.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was Godzilla born in the Pacific Ocean?

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COMMENTS (250)
  • ce2001blue
    4/16/2015 - 01:04 p.m.

    Since hes a reptile he can probably be able to be a land or water animal. And his main habit is probably water.

  • TannerDBlack
    4/16/2015 - 01:46 p.m.

    I think is really cool and quite amazing that there is this much back story behind Godzilla. It's also interesting that they love Godzilla so much in Japan that they would build such a huge monument to it.

  • MGallagher
    4/16/2015 - 06:15 p.m.

    A Godzilla-size head tthats 171 feet above ground level has been made next to an office in Toho. Godzillawas majorly important to the society in Japan so they decided to honor it so that when he returned in the movies, he could stomp on his own head.

  • LaurenT-5
    4/16/2015 - 07:07 p.m.

    IN Tokyo Godzilla is a very popular thing. Almost everyone loves Godzilla and is big on tourism in Tokyo. In Toho, there is a giant Godzilla head that is 171 feet above ground. It attracts many visitors. Toho is a Japanese movie studio where the original Godzilla was made and they are planning to make a remake because of the big hit the latest American Godzilla film had. They hope to attract more visitors and believe Godzilla is the pride of their land. In Japanese Godzilla is meant to be named as a monster created from nuclear testing. More people are planning to do more remakes of the film. I really liked this article. It was very interesting to learn about.

  • benjif-2
    4/16/2015 - 08:01 p.m.

    In this article it tells how Godzilla is an idle in japan. It says there is Godzilla head towering 171 feet above ground level has been unveiled at an office of Toho. That explains how japan loves godzilla so much, and the movie is based in japan.

  • devonm-3
    4/16/2015 - 08:08 p.m.

    Godzilla statue is placed in Japan. In the movies Godzilla has stopped on many of Japan's buildings. In honor of Godzilla a mass statue of it is placed behind the most popular building in the movie. The statue will hopefully become a tourist attraction to Godzilla lovers. The statue is 171 feet tall. It would be really exciting to see the statue even though I've never seen the movie.

  • HenryS-3
    4/16/2015 - 08:39 p.m.

    This article is about the revealing of a Godzilla head 171 feet above the ground atop an office of Toho. Japan is hoping the statue in this nation's movie business will help attract tourists. Toho is also planning on shooting a comeback film this year.

  • John0724-YYCA
    4/16/2015 - 08:59 p.m.

    I can't wait for the new Godzilla movie to come out because when I saw the Godzilla that came out last year it was really fun and I like the way how the ways of the looks of the Godzilla changed because if you see the old Godzilla movies they look completely fake. In my prediction I think that this movie would be better than before because now the graphic quality is better than before so now it should be really better
    than before. CRITICAL THINKING CHALLENGE : Why was Godzilla born in the Pacific Ocean? ANSWER: Godzilla was born in the Pacific Ocean because that is where they did the nuclear testing.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    4/16/2015 - 09:20 p.m.

    I think that it is cool for people in Japan to be fans of the character which is Godzilla that is a fearsome monster that would destroy everything in two seconds, but it will be scary if Godzilla is alive today, but I'm glad that Godzilla isn't real, it is just a movie that is called, Godzilla. Well if people in Japan are the huge fans of Godzilla, I think that they should add the tv show about it, or not.

  • LucasH-3
    4/16/2015 - 09:48 p.m.

    A Godzilla head statue towering over 170 feet has been placed in Toho. In films over the years, the Godzilla has destroyed many things in Asia. Some of these things include the Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, and the parliament building in Japan. This large replica of the Godzilla represents in huge image in the film industry all over Japan.

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