Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Godzilla ゴジラ

Godzilla is a monster awakened by nuclear explosions, penned by its creators with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki fresh in the Japanese conscious, and can be understood as a metaphor for nuclear weapons in general. As the film series expanded, the stories took on less serious undertones portraying Godzilla in the role of a hero, while more recent movies (The Millennium series) returned to depicting the character as a destructive monster. Godzilla is one of the most recognizable symbols of Japanese popular culture worldwide and it even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This Godzilla, standing only a few feet tall, terrorizes the feet of pedestrians passing a Motomachi camera store.

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