Godzilla has been granted official residency in Japan following his appointment as a special tourism ambassador last month. 3000 special residency certificates were handed out to fans.


The certificate reads:

Name: Godzilla

Address: Shinjuku-ku, Kabuki-cho, 1-19-1

Date of birth: April 9, 1954 (the year of the release of the very first Godzilla film)

Date of becoming a Shinjuku resident: April 9, 2015

Reason for special residency: Promoting the entertainment of and watching over the Kabuki-cho neighborhood and drawing visitors from around the globe in the form of the Godzilla head built atop the Shinjuku TOHO Building.

Previous visits to Shinjuku Ward: 3 times; Godzilla (1984), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla 2000 Millennium (1999)


Godzilla looks over the Toho Cinemas Kabukicho/Hotel Gracery Shinjuku complex

Godzilla was also appointed Shinjuku's tourism ambassador earlier in April

Godzilla was also appointed Shinjuku’s tourism ambassador earlier in April

About The Author

Olga Hughes has a BFA from the Victorian College of the Arts and a BA in History and Literary Studies from Deakin University. She has also contributed to websites such as History Behind Game of Thrones. Her research interests include medieval and early modern history, folklore and fairy tales. She is currently writing her Honours thesis on Shakespeare's Richard III.

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