If you happen to be in or around Tokyo’s Midtown in Roppongi you might be interested in seeing the (very) short light show at the Godzilla statue on display until the end of August. Every hour and half hour from 1900, for a couple of minutes, smoke, light and scary roaring is turned on, much to the enjoyment of the (mostly kids) people there to see it. As I was crouched down in front of the statue during the show it was actually difficult to hear the sound effects over the noise of the excited kids screaming in unison with the great beast herself, or at least the 6.6m tall scale model.
Tokyo Midtown is easy to reach on the Toei Oedo subway line, Roppongi station, or the Hibiya line Roppongi station or even the Nogizaka station on the Chiyoda line.
Tokyo finally got a slightly larger Godzilla statue last week, due to the promotion of the latest Godzilla move. A smallish statue has been erected in the Tokyo Midtown’s park, and it is open to the public from morning to night every day, with a very short smoke and light show at night (pictures from that to come later on!).
You might have seen the smaller bronze Godzilla in Hibiya or even been to the actual spot where Godzilla fist steps onto Japanese soil in what is today Kitashinagawa, but if you are a real fan of the big beast you have to go and see the statue in Roppongi Midtown. Fittingly, there’s a Baccardi bar garden just next to it where you can stretch your legs, sip something cool and imagine the roar of the beast.
Every summer Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi puts on a lot of special activities, this year it’s a water and lights show at nights and a place to cool your feet at day. Or you can just hang out in the garden with food and drinks. It’s been an extraordinarily hot summer here in Tokyo, not many days below 35 degrees and even the nights are unbearably hot, so these water mist fountains and streams of fresh water really helps! Tokyo Midtown is located between Roppongi station and Nogizaka station.