Godzilla gets residency in Tokyo, draws crowds
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.
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