Godzilla gets res­i­dency in Tokyo, draws crowds

The China Post - - LIFE -

Fic­tional city-wreck­ing mon­ster Godzilla has been granted spe­cial res­i­dency in Tokyo’s Shin­juku ward, as a newly in­stalled model of the lizard’s huge head proves a pull to vis­i­tors.

Mark­ing “the emer­gence of the 12-me­ter (40-feet) high Godzilla head on a ter­race on the eighth floor of Shin­juku Toho Build­ing ... we is­sued a spe­cial cer­tifi­cate of res­i­dence to Godzilla,” a Shin­juku of­fi­cial told AFP Wed­nes­day.

The 30-floor com­mer­cial com­plex has a ho­tel, cine­mas, shops and restau­rants, and the newly in­stalled beast’s head is vis­i­ble to passers-by on the street be­low.

Af­fi­ciona­dos can book a night in ho­tel rooms with view of the mon­ster as it looms out­side their win­dow.

“Shin­juku ward also ap­pointed Godzilla as a spe­cial en­voy for tourism,” the of­fi­cial said.

Any­one who goes to a ward of­fice can get a copy of the res­i­dence cer­tifi­cate, which is nor­mally used in ap­pli­ca­tions for pass­ports or to reg­is­ter a child at a lo­cal nurs­ery school.

The 1954 movie “Go­jira” — a Ja­panese port­man­teau of “go­rilla” and “ku­jira” (whale) — was a mega hit, drawing 9.6 mil­lion view­ers in the days be­fore tele­vi­sion sets were com­mon­place in Ja­panese house­holds.

It has since been through nu­mer­ous in­car­na­tions, in­clud­ing sev­eral done in Hol­ly­wood.

AP

This photo pro­vided by Amy Breck­en­ridge Smith/AKBS Photo shows Robin Young hold­ing “Faith” the Pug, a foster dog at The Prom­e­nade in Char­lotte, North Carolina. Ask any­one who fos­ters dogs and they’ll tell you that ev­ery­one says it, “I hear it al­most ev­ery time I adopt out a dog: I don’t know how you do this, I wouldn’t be able to let them go,” says Anne Au­di­tore, in­take co­or­di­na­tor for Mid-At­lantic Pug Res­cue.

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