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godzilla citizen

Godzilla, at the ripe old age of 61, has been officially recognized as a citizen of Japan. He was awarded honorary citizenship by Toykyo’s Skinjuku ward earlier this year and it was finalized last week. Not only is he now an official citizen, he will be acting as Shinjuku’s tourism ambassador. According to his citizenship papers:

Reason for special residency: Promoting the entertainment of and watching over the Kabuki-cho neighborhood and drawing visitors from around the globe in the form of the Godzilla head built atop the Shinjuku TOHO Building.

I’m not sure the presence of Godzilla and the assorted monsters that follow in his wake would make me want to pay a visit.

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Those looking for a place to stay in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district can now stay at this fantastic Godzilla hotel. Yup, a hotel themed to Godzilla actually exists. We featured some renderings earlier this year, but now you can see what it’s really like to stay there thanks to the video after the break…

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attack on titan footage

We’ve already seen pictures of the cast in costume, but the first footage from the live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan is available in the video after the break. Man…it looks good.

Titan footage starts at the 0:58 mark.

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If you’re a Dragon Ball Z fan, you’ve probably wondered what Goku’s kamehameha powers would look like in real life. That’s where Brazilian technology and software firm ZW Design comes in.

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By placing a Goku action figure in the center of a holographic projection chamber, ZW Design was able to create the illusion of Goku powering up a ball of energy. It’s pretty cool stuff, and you can watch all of the holographic action in the video after the break…

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Even if she has no idea what Studio Ghibli is, she can’t deny that these mini flower pots are super cute.

Two designs are available—one based off Totoro and another based on Jiji the cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service. If you (and your mum) live in Japan, you can have the planter and a special flower arrangement delivered for a cool 5,780 yen (or $48.00).

The planters will be available to order from Donguri Kyouwakoku starting on March 13. Also, as a quick side note, the planters stand at roughly four inches tall, so once your mom’s done with her flowers, she can use the planters as a home for all the Soot Sprits that live with her. What? You mean you don’t have Soot Sprites in your house? Weird.

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Forget potato salad Kickstarters, Japan knows how to do crowd funding with style. There’s currently an effort to raise money on the Japanese crowdfunding site Readyfor to “Pierce the Moon With the Spear of Longinus”.

The project was first announced earlier this year, but according to RocketNews, it has become the fastest growing Japanese crowdfunding project ever with over 38 million yen ($313,000) raised so far.

The objective of the project is twofold: to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Neon Genesis Evangelion anime and win the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Team Hakuto wants to send an unmanned lunar lander to the moon and attach a miniature replica of the spear in such a way that the spear will actually poke the moon upon landing.

I’m guessing Evangelion fans will get a kick out of this. However, the project still has a long way to go to raise the 100 million yen needed, and the deadline is April 5th.

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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.

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Ninja

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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star wars snow scupture

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.

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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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