Thursday, July 9, 2009
The Big Guy In Bronze: His Monument In Tokyo.
(Photo: Copyright Jerome Limozin, courtesy of TrekEarth)
Not kidding; there is actually a statue of the Big Happy Fun Lizard™ in the Yurakucho district (close to the Ginza), in Tokyo.
Apparently, it has become Tokyo's version of the large standing clock in the lobby of the St. Francis hotel in San Francisco, which became famous (due to clever advertising) as the spot to meet a date and then have a drink in the hotel's Compass Bar (when it was still in operation): Meet me under the clock at the St. Francis.
Well, in Tokyo, "Meet you at Godzilla!" is common.
I passed this along to the Big Guy, who of course knew about the statue (he couldn't make the unveiling), but was tickled that it's used as a social gathering place. He's trying to play down the frightening-monster-as-big-as-the-Chrysler-Building part of his image.
Another view of the statue (Photo: Photographer Unknown)