By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
Godzilla has appeared at a Japanese bathhouse in southeast Tokyo in a district known as the Ōta ward. The depiction of Godzilla as he appears in the latest film Godzilla Resurgence (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira), can be seen alongside a pagoda from Ikegami Honmon-ji (池上本門寺) temple and Haneda Airport, both symbols of Ōta ward. The five-storey pagoda is a structure that has been classified as “Important Cultural Property” to the people of Japan by the Japanese Government.
Mizuki Tanaka is the artist behind the sento (bathhouse) mural and is the country’s only female bathhouse painter. She apprenticed under sento art master Morio Nakajima for almost a decade. Tanaka’s mural was in collaboration with Ōta officials. Tanaka decided to paint Shin Gojira after discussing it with her family. The mural took 20 hours to paint.
For a glimpse at some of Japan’s bathhouses, read the wonderful article in Time Out Tokyo titled “The Art of Sento” by Stephanie Crohin: http://www.timeout.com/tokyo/art/the-art-of-sento
To learn more about Mizuki Tanaka and her struggle to keep sento art alive, read the Time Out Tokyo article by Mayumi Koyama: http://www.timeout.com/tokyo/blog/meet-the-young-artist-working-to-preserve-japans-sento-murals-121715
Godzilla Resurgence will be in Japanese theatres from July 29, 2016.
Source(s): Nippon TV News24 Japan Facebook page, Justin McCurry, and The Guardian
Video Source(s): 東宝MOVIEチャンネル.