Japan Awards Godzilla Official Residency
They’ve just beefed up neighborhood watch. The Tokyo ward of Shinjuku has granted the 164-foot monster residency in exchange for promoting Japanese entertainment, drawing tourists and keeping an eye on the Kabuki-cho neighborhood. His birth year on the certificate, 1954, is that of his silver screen debut in Ishiro Honda’s film. Clearly turning a blind eye to the creature’s capacity for urban destruction, the town has commemorated their scaly new resident’s ambassadorial role with a giant, smoke-breathing Godzilla head atop a building to welcome — and frighten — visitors.