Teruyoshi Nakano holds his Godzilla-themed birthday cake for the paparazzi. Photo by Brett Homenick.
A close-up shot of the birthday cake. Wouldn't you want one for your birthday? Photo by Brett Homenick.
Teruyoshi Nakano is all smiles as he recalls working on his first SFX film. Photo by Brett Homenick.
First we stopped by a shrine to offer some prayers. Nakano-san was the last of the group to offer a prayer. (There's nothing like saving the best for last!)
After that, we made our way to the bathhouse. This is actually the second time I've done this with Nakano-san. Attendees were invited to wash Nakano-san's back during the event, which I happily did. I consider it a great honor, and I hope to have another chance to do so in the future.
Teruyoshi Nakano with Toho model-maker Takashi Naganuma. Photo by Brett Homenick.
One was that he ended up giving the original Super X prop from Godzilla 1985 to an American he worked with on Tokyo Disney theme parks. Another funny story was that he ended up leading some fans from Chicago around Toho Studios in the early or mid-'80s, and when the Americans came across the monster suits hanging in the studio, they stood there in awe for at least five minutes.
Meeting Takashi Naganuma, Toho model-maker extraordinaire!