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Godzilla Named Japanese Tourism Ambassador and Special Resident
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Godzilla, that mythical beast who causes as much destruction as Rob Gronkowski on a brewery tour, will be ambassador of tourism of Shinjuku in Japan, because sometimes the real world works in the same vein as Santa Claus.
The Associated Press wrapped up this gift and delivered it under the tree early Thursday: “The irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Shinjuku ward, known for its down-home bars and noodle restaurants.”
Toho, a Japanese studio that spawned the original movie in 1954 and which will produce a new iteration shortly, unveiled a giant Godzilla head to mark the occasion.
Here is a glimpse of the head thanks to AP:
Fortunately, they got the big guy’s good side.
When reached for comment Godzilla, we imagine, laid waste to an entire city block, severely damaged a lovely florist alcove and generally instilled a sense of horror and foreboding in the frightened populace.
Now being a distinguished figure of the ward demands some official pomp and ceremony. In this case, Toho executive Minami Ichikawa accepted the honor for Godzilla from Shinjuku Mayor Kenichi Yoshizumi.
Now it wasn’t that Godzilla wasn’t there, it was. It was more the case that the actor in the Godzilla costume couldn’t grab the honorary certificate because “the suit's claws aren't designed to grab anything.”
It’s at this moment that we get a little nostalgic, because large lizards with tiny arms grow up so quickly. Thanks to YouTube we can see how the best monster named Godzilla has evolved:
During the ceremony, the good mayor offered thoughts on the new ambassador. Here is a breakdown of what was said via the AP: “The longtime belief is that any place Godzilla destructs in the movies is sure to prosper in real life, Yoshizumi said.”
So please take comfort if your community experiences any sudden monster-related catastrophes.
Oh sure, having Godzilla annihilate the area like a five-year-old at a fancy dinner is a bit frustrating, but it’s for the best.
The report reminds that the beloved monster has accomplished quite a reputable list of destruction: “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.”
As mentioned, Toho will have a new chapter out by next year, which will undoubtedly treat Japan as Godzilla’s specialized rumpus room.
If America is looking for destructive fictional characters to bring in tourists, perhaps consider the Hulk, the Terminator or the hungry John Daly.
As for Japan, they already have the best in the business when it comes to monster mayhem. While we jest, they really hit the mark with a lovable character that, while a bit of a curmudgeon, has left an amazing legacy as long as its wake of obliterated buildings.
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