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.
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