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New Godzilla statue debuts in Tokyo shopping
A new Godzilla statue was unveiled Thursday at a shopping mall in central Tokyo, fulfilling a prophecy inscribed upon its predecessor that more monsters would loom over the area.
The new statue, depicting the Tyrannosaurus-like creature featured in the film “Shin Godzilla” released in 2016, measures 3 meters in height, including its platform, and is the largest Godzilla statue in Japan, according to film and media production company Toho Co. Ltd.
Located on a square in front of the revamped Hibiya Chanter building in Yurakucho, Chiyoda Ward, it carries a plaque inscribed with a quote from the film: “The human race must coexist with Godzilla.”
The previous statue, which inhabited the same square from 1995, was accompanied by a quote from a character in the first Godzilla film released in 1954. The inscription read, “I don’t think this Godzilla is the last one.”
The square is now named Hibiya Godzilla Square and the old Godzilla statue will be relocated to Toho Cinemas Hibiya, set to open in the area on March 29.
Of course, this isn’t the first Godzilla to tower over people in Hibiya Chanter Square, as a statute of the Heisei-era Godzilla was previously on display here too. But don’t worry, the old Godzilla statute has been moved inside of Toho Cinemas Hibiya, and will be displayed beginning on March 29, 2018
. But if two Godzilla statutes aren’t enough for you, then you need to stop by the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku, located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Here you will see a full-scale Godzilla head towering over the buildings, and it looks awesome! But that’s not all, as the hotel actually has a room with a full Godzilla theme, so you can enjoy sweet dreams with this Japanese icon.
I don’t think you can find any other city with this many Godzillas!