Monday, November 21, 2022

Godzilla Celebrated as a National Treasure at the Tokyo National Museum!

The Tokyo National Museum. Photo by Brett Homenick.

The Tokyo National Museum in Ueno is hosting an exhibit called "Our National Treasures: 150 Years in the Future," which runs from November 2 until January 29. I visited this exhibit on Sunday, November 20. Guess what the first thing is you see when you walk through the door. Yes, you guessed it -- Godzilla! Ultraman and Gundam also make an appearance, as does a T-rex. There was a lot to see, so let's get to the good stuff!


That's a Mighty Big Whale!

A blue whale just hanging out in Ueno. Photo by Brett Homenick.

While come from another museum on Sunday, November 20, I saw this huge blue whale display outside the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno. It was so impressive that I had to stop and take a few photos. I check out this museum properly someday!

The 120th Anniversary of Director Yasujiro Ozu!

The Togeki Building. Photo by Brett Homenick.

The year 2023 will mark the 120th anniversary of acclaimed director Yasujiro Ozu, whose most famous work is Tokyo Story (1953). He is also closely associated with the film studio Shochiku, so it should come as no surprise that a special panel exhibition featuring Ozu's film works (posters, awards, etc.) is currently on display on the first floor of the Togeki Building (which is where Shochiku is headquartered) in Tsukiji. The exhibition opened on November 16 and will run through late December. While out and about on Sunday, November 20, I stopped by to look around. Here's what I saw. 


Looking Around Toho Cinemas Hibiya!

The Godzilla statue at Toho Cinemas Hibiya. Photo by Brett Homenick.

On Sunday, November 20, I went to Toho Cinemas Hibiya and took some photos of the Godzilla statue, as well as some fun extras. Soundtrack albums for Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Lost Highway (1997) were for sale, which wasn't something I was expecting to see. Anyway, enjoy!