Life-Sized Godzilla Theme Park Attraction Stomps Its Way to Japan in Summer 2020

03.November.2019 | MOVIE / SPOT

This year is a towering year for Godzilla, marking 65 years since the first Godzilla film was first released in 1954. The third-ever Hollywood studio adaptation from the franchise, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, was released on May 31 this year. A new film from Hollywood, entitled Godzilla vs. Kong, will be released on March 13, 2020.

Nijigen no Mori, a theme park on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, has announced that a new Godzilla-themed attraction entitled “Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji ~National Awaji-Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster~” will open at the park in summer 2020.

Zip Line

Shooing Game

The new attraction imagines Godzilla landing on Awaji Island, ready to display his immense size and power to the people living there. Those brave enough to go head-to-head with the giant monster can look forward to a variety of missions, including zooming along a zip line straight through a detailed recreation of Godzilla’s insides, a shooting game, and more.

 

There will also be official and exclusive themed merchandise and food too. If you’re looking for a real Godzilla experience when visiting Japan, then look no further (and try not to get eaten!)

 

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    25.March.2020 | FOOD / SPOT

    Pasona Group is a website that publishes news of and promotes the food, sights, and culture of Awaji Island to build a connection between islanders and travellers. The website has published its latest “Awaji Island New Report” showcasing what to enjoy on the island at the turn of spring. Let’s take a look.

     

    Nijigen no Mori

    Night Walk Hi no Tori – “SAKURA Night”

    Nijigen no Mori is an anime on Awaji Island. Spring last year saw the Naruto & Boruto Shinobi-Zato attraction, and this summer will see the arrival of a life-sized Godzilla attraction. The new night attraction “Night Walk Hi no Tori” will also take place for a limited time as part of the “SAKURA Night” Instagram photo event which can be followed with the hashtag #nwsakura2020. The phoenix and cherry blossoms are the theme of this nighttime attraction. Those who post a photo of themselves at the event with the hashtag and receive the most likes will receive two tickets to stay at Hotel GRAND CHARIOT Hokutoshichisei 135° on Awaji Island. See the attraction and get pulled into a magical nightly world of cherry blossoms.

     

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    Address: 2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji, Hyogo

    Running: March 20, 2020 – April 30, 2020

    Price: General – ¥2,500 / Children (5-11 Years Old) – ¥1,200 / Below 4 Years Old – Free (*Tax included in prices)

    Times: 18:30 / 19:10 / 19:50 / 20:30

    *Times subject to change depending on the time of sunsets – check the official website for information

    Official Website: https://nijigennomori.com/

     

    miele

    Cherry Blossom Waffles – ¥1,800 (Before Tax)

    Starting on April 1, the cafe Miele is serving up cherry blossom waffles for the spring season. They are topped with heart shaped marshmallows arranged to create cherry blossom petals, matcha ice cream daifuku, and cherry blossom flavoured roll cake. The hearty waffle servings are fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, topped with delicious squirty cream.

     

    Address: 785-9 Nojimahikinoura, Awaji, Hyogo

    Running: April 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020

    Opening Hours: 10:30-19:00

     

    HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX

    World Oldies Selection ~1964 TOKYO~

    The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX on Awaji Island is currently holding a new event titled World Oldies Selection ~1964 TOKYO~ where Hello Kitty and performers sing and dance to famous nostalgic songs that played during the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, like Poupée de cire, poupée de son, Land of 1,000 Dancers, and YMCA. It’s a beautiful performance that both kids and adults alike can enjoy.

     

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    Running: April 7, 2020

    Opening Hours: 11,00-20:00 (Up to 3 performances per day)

    Address: HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, 177-5 Nojimahirabayashi, Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture

    Website: https://awajiresort.com/hellokittyshowbox/

     

     

    Craft Circus

    Puppy Island Pizza – ¥480 (Before Tax)

    Craft Circus reopened after renovations on February 15. The new “Wan-chan Shima Pizza” (Puppy Island Pizza) can be eaten by both you and your dog. It is made from rice flour produced on Awaji Island. You can pick from a variety of toppings and seafood, all of which are also from Awaji Island. It’s gluten free and can be served with low-salt mascarpone cheese, making it healthy for your dog to eat. A single slice is 15cm and it comes in a cute dog bone shape. It can also be ordered for takeout, so you can enjoy a Hanami picnic with your dog under the cherry blossom trees!

     

    Address: 2-2 NojimahirabayashiAwaji, Hyogo

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  • Skilfully Hand Drawn Godzilla Jeans to Release at Godzilla Store in Tokyo

    17.March.2020 | FASHION / MOVIE

    Last year marked the 65th anniversary of the first-ever Godzilla film which was released in 1954. The Hollywood live-action movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters was released last year, and the new Godzilla vs. Kong will release on November 19, 2020 as Hollywood’s third Godzilla film. Going into 2020, many things are planned as part of the 65th anniversary celebrations.

    This includes the new collaboration with the brand ZEN, which aims to promote a type of traditional clothes dyeing from Kyoto called kyo-yuzen which involves the artist painting directly onto the cloth. ZEN has teamed up with Godzilla and will release their new Godzilla jeans on March 18, 2020.

    ZEN produces its jeans in Okayama, the only place in Japan famous for manufacturing denim. All of their jeans are hand drawn one by one by skilled artisans of Kyoto Kimono Yuzen, making them a difficult to mass produce. The process of using this type of dyeing is so delicate that the slightest change in pressure on the brush can make drastic changes. This means that no one pair of their jeans is the same, making every pair unique and the only one in the world. This gives them a “Made In Japan” quality and makes them more special-rather than being mass produced, your pair of jeans has had time and careful consideration put into by the dyer.

     

    The Representative Director (⻯⽥昌雄) at Kyoden, Inc. said: “We want to promote art and culture from Kyoto by creating, so getting to collaborate with a name like Godzilla, known the world over, is a dream for us. I was really happy to hear about this project. We will use this opportunity to get Godzilla fans interested in Kyoto’s culture, and to make sure that happens, we have been conscious about the touches that are unique to hand-drawing, while making something that reminds people of Japan.”

     

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  • New Kaiju Comedy Film ‘Daikaiju no Atoshimatsu’ to Release in 2020

    27.February.2020 | MOVIE

    The world never seems to be short of big SFX movies, with the announcement of Godzilla Vs. Kong set for release in the US on November 20, 2020 and Shin Ultraman in Japan in 2021.

     

    But what about a comedic kaiju (giant monster) film? Well, that’s exactly what we’re about to get with the surprise announcement that movie companies Shochiku and Toeiーwho are normally rivalsーare coming together for the first time to put a spin on the monster movie genre with a completely original script. The title of the film is Daikaiju no Atoshimatsu (“Cleaning Up After the Big Monsters”), and it’s coming this year.

     

    Ever wondered who cleans up after a giant monster wrecks a city? Who’s in charge of cleaning up a kaiju corpse?“

     

    The story is as follows. One day, a giant monster who wreaked havoc across the country dies suddenly. Its dead body is extraordinarily enormous, enough to make you do a doubleーno, a quadruple take. Time is of the essence as the gas emitting from the dead beast could explode at any moment. If it’s not taken care of immediately, it could mean disaster for the country. Someone has to do it. And that person is Arata Taito (played by Ryosuke Yamada), a member of the Prime Minister’s special forces who is responsible for the role of the field commander for this unprecedented national disaster. Before him appears Yukino Ameoto (Tao Tsuchiya), Arata’s former fiancee and a secretary for the Minister of the Environment. They are tasked with the unheard-of, unreasonable demand to “clean up the giant corpse of a monster,” which they must do using their wisdom, their scheming, and their… love?

     

    Everybody knows what happens in SFX kaiju movies, but nobody has seen into the world of what happens after. Now we’ll get to see that impossible mission unfold.

     

    Japanese actor and singer Ryosuke Yamada  (Hey! Say! JUMP), who will play the role of Arata Taito, is known for playing characters who are firm and resolute. This will be his first dive into a fully-fledged comedy movie. Tao Tsuchiya, who will play Yukino Ameoto, is climbing her way to the top in both name and reality in the industry as an actress. This will be Yamada and Tsuchiya’s first time working together.

     

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    Ryosuke Yamada (Arata Taito, Special Forces)

    “When we first had talks about this film, although I’ve been in a lot of serious movies, this was my first ever talk about a comedy movie, so I felt really lost. But when they let me read the script, I saw how interesting it was that the protagonist is super serious despite being in such a ridiculous situation. So I said sign me up! I don’t really feel much pressure now. I’m going make the character interesting and go all out to be as ridiculous as I can to meet director [Satoshi] Miki’s expectations.”

     

    He continues: “The movie makes you think, ‘So this is what happens when adults try to be as silly as possible!’ <laughs> And the cast line-up is incredible, you’d think it was a lie. The jokes are really gonna come down! This is my first time working with [Tao] Tsuchiya in a film, but she’s played a lot of movies roles where she’s the serious one in a comedic situation, so  she can be both serious and humorous. I’m looking forward to seeing her in action in this one. I wondered to myself if it’s really alright for Shochiku and Toei to come together for the first time in a film like this. It’s industry-shaking. But I also think it’s really significant that such big players in the movie industry come together to go all out have fun like this too. I want to work hard to make this a film where people say, ‘Yamada and Tsuchiya’ do this kind of thing!?’ and make it one that’s more than just people playing to watch it. I ask all of your support.”

     

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  • HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX Theatre-Restaurant Announces New Show Based On the Seven Lucky Gods

    27.October.2019 | SPOT

    The official Hello Kitty theatre and restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, which opened back in August on Awaji Island, updated its show program on October 10 and is now hosting a new show themed on the Seven Lucky Gods titled “A Record of the Seven Lucky Gods of Awaji Island.”

    A Record of the Seven Lucky Gods of Awaji Island

    The HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX is home to a gallery that makes use of media art like 3D holograms. The theatre’s shows incorporate song, dance and musical performance, while the restaurant serves healthy, vegetable-packed meals including vegan-friendly options.

     

    The building itself is situated within farmlands and is crowned with the adorable hidden face of Hello Kitty which can’t be seen from the ground.

    The all-new show will feature an original story based around the Seven Lucky Gods of Awaji Island, a mystical island that is even mentioned in the Kojikiーa sacred text and first written recording of Japan.

     

    ©1976, 2019 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. G602779

  • Godzilla 65th Anniversary Sneakers Released by Patrick

    12.September.2019 | FASHION / MOVIE

    To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Godzilla franchise, stylish sneaker company Patrick has created 4 different shoe models: Godzilla Marathon, Chibi Godzilla Marathon, and two Chibi Godzilla Velcro.

     

    Chibi Gozilla was created this year for the anniversary and is aimed at children. A book entitled Ganbare Chibi Godzilla was released in October last year and by the following month, huge orders were placed as the book received huge attention. A second picture book was released in May this year titled Nakayoshi Chibi Godzilla. In the books, a cute and tiny Godzilla befriends an equally cute and tiny Mothra and Anguirus. The first Chibi Godzilla animated film is also now airing at TOHO cinemas across Japan, attraction the attention of not only kids but movie fanatics too. A Hollywood movie titled Godzilla: King of the Monsters was also released earlier this year and became a worldwide hit.

     

    And now, from the big screen and books, the Godzilla craze is now entering the real world in the form of sneakers. Let’s take a look at the models.

     

    Godzilla Marathon (Unisex) *Adult size

    These sneakers are made from a special lacquer material to make it feel like Godzilla’s tough, amour-like skin. The specially-designed insoles and woven logo are sure to be a hit with Godzilla fans.

     

    Chibi Godzilla Marathon (Unisex) *Adult size

    The entire shoe is covered with illustrations of Godzilla. The insoles have logos have also been specially designed for this model.

     

    Chibi Godzilla Velcro

    Also featuring Chibi Gozilla’s iconic green colour is this model pair with Velcro for an easy fit. The kids version comes with double Velcro.

     

    The line-up features sneakers that both kids and adults alike can enjoy. Which pair is your favourite?

     

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  • Escape From Godzilla at TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS Escape Game Theme Park

    11.September.2019 | MOVIE / SPOT

    TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS’s catalogue of games just keeps on growing. The puzzle and escape game theme park has just announced the return of its escape game Escape From Shin Godzilla which is being held in collaboration with the 2016 film Shin Godzilla.

    The event was previously held last April where it ran until October, enjoying huge popularity with over 40,000 escape game-goers. Players took the role of a member of the Kyosaitai―the anti-Godzilla task force―based in Kabukicho, Shinjuku where you will be tasked with solving puzzles to defeat the colossal giant.

    The thrilling event returns once more with original visuals created to make it look like Godzilla has really invaded Kabukicho. Tickets are now on sale, and you can pick up exclusive merchandise and themed food at the venue too. Can you defeat Godzilla?

     

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  • Stunning Hello Kitty Theatre Restaurant HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX to Open On Awaji Island

    12.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The new HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX theatre restaurant is set to bring excitement and thrills when it opens on Awaji Island on August 12.

    This theatre-restaurant combination will serve up a dining experience you will never forget with a selection of healthy cuisine including vegan cooking. For entertainment, you can look forward to browsing the incredible gallery which will make use of various media art forms including 3D holograms. There will also be a range of shows made up of song, dance and musical performance.

    The building itself is situated within farmlands and is crowned with the adorable hidden face of Hello Kitty which can’t be seen from the ground.

    The Hello Kitty Dream Gallery will use 3D holograms to bring Hello Kitty to life before your very eyes. The story will follow our feline heroine in which her dream to become a pianist comes true. The Hello Kitty Dream Entertainment Show will make use of giant LED screens and Hello Kitty will put on a cute performance of song, dance and music.

     

    The menu was conceived by Japanese chef Hal Yamashita and uses healthy, organic ingredients to make incredible dishes that both taste amazing and are fun to look at. As well as vegan dishes, there will be a dessert buffet which also uses healthier alternatives.

     

    And if you’re hoping to stock up on Hello Kitty merchandise then you’re in luck―the site’s Hello Kitty shop will stock exclusive items you can’t get anywhere else.

     

    Immerse yourself in all things Hello Kitty at HELLO KITTY SHOW BOX, opening on August 12, 2019.

     

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  • Kaiju Monsters to Take Over Shibuya With Limited-Time Exhibition

    24.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The world’s first ever exhibition for kaiju monsters that have fought with Godzilla or who have always stayed as minor characters is set to take place at Seibu Shibuya from April 27 to May 6.

    The line-up will include an army of different monsters including the instantly-recognisable ones that even people who aren’t fans will know, like Baragon and Hedorah, amongst others. The exhibition will feature figures, monster suits, recordings of monster fights, and more.

     

    The exhibition will also feature written commentary throughout by production designer Toshio Miike. Miike will also appear at the event on the final day to give a guided tour on the exhibition.

    Japanese mangaka Shinji Nishikawa will also hold a live drawing performance. Full details are on the event’s official website.

     

    Promotional material for the upcoming film Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be dotted throughout the event. The movie is set for worldwide release on May 31, 2019.

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