He's got a reputation for destroying anything in his way, but that doesn't seem to have stopped one ward in Tokyo from making Godzilla their new tourism ambassador!
A full-scale model of Godzilla's head, which is over 170 feet tall, has been unveiled in Shinjuku, one of the busiest wards in the capital city of Japan. Officials are hoping that the foreboding looking creature will bring tourists to the city, especially following the 2014 reboot of the popular franchise.
In a ceremony to unveil Godzilla, Shinjuku mayor Kenichi Yoshizumi explained a little about why they had picked Godzilla to represent to ward:
"Godzilla is a character that is the pride of Japan. I hear that any town Godzilla destroys on screen will become prosperous afterwards. So I hope the next movie will take place in this area."
In addition to Godzilla's latest role as tourism ambassador, he has also starred in a massive 28 films produced by Japanese film company Toho. Godzilla is the world's longest continuously running movie franchise, and following the success of the American version of [Godzilla](movie:45291) in 2014, Toho plans to make a new Godzilla film slated for a 2016 release.
Godzilla first appeared in 1954, and was conceived as a metaphor for nuclear weapons, following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Lucky Dragon 5 incident, where a Japanese fishing vessel was contaminated by fallout from a US test blast in 1954. The name Godzilla originally came from combining the Japanese words for gorilla, gorira, and whale, kujira.