I went to Japan over the Christmas break and my Zumba teacher asked me when I was there to get his kid a Godzilla. Well, I sort of ended up with three. And took pics all over the place with them. And here they come!
*Cue forboding Godzilla music*
I bought this big galoot in a Mandarake in Akihabara. Only $20! For his size and shape that seemed super cheap!
Here he is by the gigantic incense burner in Asakusa. Yer supposed to breathe it in for health, but it looks like smoldering ruins next to the BIG G here.
These temples are super old and beautiful. And when Godzilla is shot in silhouette, it looks almost real.
Even though from head to tail he was nearly two feet, he traveled well and could fit into all kinds of places.
I was gonna give him to my Zumba teacher’s kid, but I kinda got attached to him. I’ll get to that later. I also went shopping for Minilla, Godzilla’s hilarious son! This guy was out of my price range. Man, he’s beautiful! But $280!!!
So I settled on this $50 cutie from Godzilla Final Wars. The strangely tall California Raisin was only $5!
I really fell in love with this Minilla. For one thing, he fit in my front jacket pocket perfectly. I also fell for this super cute owl, which was the mascot of a tiny brewery. Together, they’re really special!
In the Son of Godzilla movie, Minilla spends about half the film this way on the count of he’s clumsy and keeps getting his ass kicked.
Here he is with Hachi, the famous dog statue in Shibuya. Hachi was a super stupid dog that couldn’t figure out his master was dead, so kept going to meet him everyday. Even though he was dead.
There’s a big old fish tank with a big old eel in it in Shinjuku. He looks really natural with Godzilla. They could be friends.
The scale matched up pretty good, even though they’re totally not a set. Just luck!
There are times in my life where I want kids. This is one of them.
Admiring himself in a mural on a wall in Don Quijote.
We went to a bar and befriended a bartender and he gave them both necklaces! Moet necklaces, which is a fancy champagne. They fit perfectly! He must get a lot of people with Godzilla toys coming in.
One thing about Godzilla, he makes friends everywhere he goes.
Now this Godzilla to Minilla scale is totally off!
This is by the Asahi Super Beer Building. The gold cloud on top looks like Godzilla’s fire if you match ’em up right.
And this was from way up in the Sky Tree, a giant tourist thing like the Space Needle. It almost looks like it’s just a huge Godzilla looking way down on the city below.
One thing I’m “famous” for is taking pictures of my toys with beer. I like that he can see his reflection in it. I wish I had a beer this big!
Now it’s Dad’s turn.
Minilla’s young, so he’s very curious about the opposite sex.
Now it’s Dad’s turn.
These weird beans kind of looked like a big bowl of Minilla Chow. Yum…Minilla Chow.
Actually, I spent about half the trip feeding things to my Minilla doll. My friends are very patient.
This might be the best pic I took on the whole trip. The lighting and everything just worked out so perfect. No filters, no nothin’ on this. Just luck and a steady(ish) hand.
Another epic pic! Godzilla gettin’ in the sake!
They were really fun to stack on things.
It was Christmas in Japan, so there were lots of pretty lights photo ops.
The next day we went to Hakone. Which involved a very long and super windy bus ride.
THE KING OF THE MONSTERS!
We took a boat across a lake. Godzilla loves the water! He spends a lot of time in the water in his movies.
Another one of the best shots of the trip. So patriotic!
Later that night, when I was super drunk.
And the trip was coming to a close. One more stop at the Meiji Shrine.
I originally bought the other Godzilla for my Zumba teacher’s kid, but I got attached to it along the way. I took it everywhere and it kinda became my buddy. So I bought a Mechagodzilla on the last night for the kid.
You know who looks good with a Mechagodzilla? The Colonel!
Mechagodzilla took a moment to say goodbye to his girl.
It almost looks like they’re both waiting for a train.
And that’s nearly it. BTW, if you want to gain weight, eat one of these every night. They’re soooo goooooodddd!!!!
Minilla, sadly waves goodbye to his home country. He will probably never go back. Goodbye, Japan. Goodbye!