Look familiar? The name of this place probably won't ring any bells, but a few of these pictures should! Photo by Brett Homenick.
Tsukishino Park Road (near Tsukishino Station) in Machida, Tokyo, is not a familiar location to most Godzilla fans, but that might be about to change. It was the location of the scene in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) in which actors Yutaka Hayashi and Hiroyuki Kawase ride up on their motorcycle in search of a model fighter plane.
Well, the specific shop they entered may no longer exist, but the rest of the location does! It's called Tsukishino Park Road, and it's about a three-minute walk from Tsukishino Station. It looks more or less as it does in the film more than 40 years later, though there are a few differences. All in all, I was surprised by how little it had changed in all that time.
I'm more more such excursions in the future, exploring some rarely discussed locations used in some Showa-era films (instead of the usual haunts, like Tokyo Tower, that you can read all about by doing a simple Google search). Watch this space for further entries!