Godzilla is honored in Tokyo
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 after a decade-long hiatus.

Godzilla's standing as an icon has had its ups and downs. But its stature has been reinstated 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, underlining respect for the creature as a business-drawing landmark for the region.

The fire-breathing "gojira" as it is pronounced in Japanese, combining "gorilla" and "kujira," or "whale" 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.

But 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.

Over the years, Godzilla has demolished Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, the Parliament building and several castles in Japan, as well as 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. But 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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  • joseline-Fit
    4/22/2015 - 08:15 p.m.

    Godzilla was born in the Pacific ocean because of the name origin of "kujira" or "whale" and those live n the ocean. Japan's coast is also the Pacific Ocean and the monster was created after World War II when the U.S bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Godzilla became the great beast from nuclear waste in the Pacific Ocean. I also think it was convenient to have Godzilla born in the Pacific Ocean for the Hollywood remakes since the movies were set on the coast of California.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    10/29/2015 - 12:43 a.m.

    I think that Godzilla was a great idea. It is about a monster that invades the cities of Japan. I never watched or read about Godzilla before but I think that it will be pretty fun. People put a lot of effort into creating the movie and put realistic decorations too. The people have stopped making Godzilla for a while but it might come back. I think that many people have enjoyed Godzilla because of all the action and drama that was going on.

  • Eric0221-YYCA
    11/10/2015 - 12:24 a.m.

    I think that it is cool for the people in Tokyo to honor Godzilla because I think that Godzilla might have once destroyed the buildings of Tokyo, Japan. I think that the reason why people honor Godzilla is because Godzilla has a part where it destroys every buildings in Japan.

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