Japan for the Uninvited

Japanese culture from a bemused foreign perspective

Godzilla

Despite his enduring popularity, Godzilla is a forlorn monster. The first Godzilla movie was made shortly after an American H bomb test in the Pacific gave radiation sickness to a group of Japanese fisherman.

This spawned endless remakes, as even more fantastic beasts (“Mothra”, “MechaGodzilla”, etc) were invented for him to tussle with.

Like a game of Chinese Whispers; what was originally a cautionary tale about technology, war and nationalism has become a run-of-the-mill monster story.

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