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Imagine waking up to the most famous monster of all time, staring you down through your hotel window. Yup, I want to go to there.

In April, the Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku, Japan will open the doors to its 30-story building complete with Godzilla-themed rooms. And since location is everything, the hotel actually sits atop Toho Cinema (Toho, of course, made Godzilla famous).

Some of the rooms are planned to have tons of Godzilla memorabilia and even giant statues of the kaiju to keep you company.

Check out more photos after the jump.

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It seems like every day on the calendar is an unofficial holiday for bacon or gaming or lip balm or whatever. But Japan has a holiday that genuinely makes us jealous. February 22nd is National Ninja Day, which is the perfect day if you happen to speak Japanese. They picked 2/22 because 2 is “ni” in Japanese which plays off the word “ninja”.

The holiday is still relatively obscure with Iga and Koka being the two main cities that have truly embraced the idea. This has a lot to do with the fact that both are in areas that were historically ninja strongholds. The celebration includes banners, origami throwing stars and even dressing up like a ninja at work.

So jealous.

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Whether or not you think that this is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars would depend on how big of a Star Wars fan you are. The snow sculpture is roughly 15 meters high, 23 meters wide and is made from 3,500 tons of snow. It was built over the course of a month by the 11th Brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Forces for the 66th annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan. It’s one of over 200 sculptures on exhibit at the festival.

See Also: 10 Chilling Super-Nerdy Snow Sculptures

Regardless of how you would feel about the military spending nearly a month building a Star Wars snow sculpture, you have to admit that it is rather impressive. In fact, this entry is Lucasfilm approved.

Maybe next year they should build the Rebel base on Hoth.

(via WSJ and Cheezburger / Image via Twitter)

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A Studio Ghibli Land theme park would be incredible, especially if it looked like these designs. They were dreamed up by fan Takumi who posted these images on twitter. It includes wonderful themed rides like a Laputa roller coaster, a Sea of Decay log flume, and a monorail shaped like the Cat Bus.

There are also hotels of course. You can stay at Hotel Adriano from Porco Rosso or the Aburaya Bathhouse from Spirited Away. And when it’s time for a snack, stop at the Buta-kui Food Court for a nibble.

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If you’ve seen some of the other figures featured in Square-Enix’s Play Arts Kai Variant line, you know that the company has a tendency to give classic video game and comic book characters crazy makeovers. But their latest spin on Tony Stark’s Iron Man isn’t all that crazy–in fact, it looks pretty awesome.

See Also: The New Square Enix Vader Figure Comes With One Of The Coolest Lightsabers Ever

The figure features some black accents and some subtle shape changes. There are also alternate hands for posing and exhaust effect accessories for the hands and feet (I’m not exactly sure what that thing is on Tony’s back, but I like it and I want one). As you’ll see in the images after the break, there’s also an accessory that simulates a leg-fired rocket barrage….

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Artist Vin Hill might still be a relative newcomer to the video game industry, but his conceptual sketches for a Japanese Assassin’s Creed game are truly spectacular.

Vin’s overall idea is to set an Assassin’s Creed game in Kyoto, Japan during the Meiji restoration period in the 19th century–this was a rather turbulent time during Japan’s history, as the entire nation was rushing forward into modernity after centuries of self-imposed exile from the outside world. I really hope this becomes an actual game soon!

Check out some more of Vin’s art after the break…

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The Guardians of the Galaxy have been turned into anime characters and they’ll make their debut in the Japanese Marvel Disk Wars television show. As you’d expect, they’ve anime-ified the characters which will either make you squeal in delight or cry out in horror, depending on your point of view.

Star-Lord gets crazy, spiky anime hair and Thanos is now even more beefed up. Groot is a bit, odd, and somewhat creepy although Gamora seems to have fared the transition pretty well. The only character that’s really not at all right is Rocket Raccoon who has an overly cute and way too big head. Still, Star-Lord’s awesome anime hair makes up for it all.

(via io9)

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Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters in Japan on September 13th, and the trailers airing over there for the Marvel film are the best. They’re focused on Rocket and Groot, and one of them includes images of actual raccoons before the Guardians footage. I wish they were subtitled in English, but the trailers still manage to be funny without that. Man, now I want to watch Guardians again.

Watch the spots after the break – prepare to laugh.

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This October, Studio Ghibli will release The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in theaters in the US and here’s your first look thanks to /Film. Directed by Isao Takahata, it tells the folk tale of a baby princess found by a bamboo cutter and the life that follows.

The English-language version of the movie will feature James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, and Chloë Grace Moretz in the lead roles. Although you won’t hear them in this trailer, you will get to enjoy a look at this beautiful film.

See the trailer after the break.

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Yes, that’s an honest to goodness statue of Godzilla being erected in the middle of a beautiful park in Tokyo. It’s set to be officially unveiled later this week, but these shots give a good look at it right now. The size of the thing is impressive, especially when you see it from above with people there for scale. Check out his tail popping out from the lawn in the back.

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