|Above, the cover to "Managing Godzilla" by Shogo Tomiyama. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Last Tuesday night, when I threw the little dinner party atop of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, several of my guests brought along gifts.
One of which was a book written by and published this year by former Toho Pictures President Shogo Tomiyama.
|Above, the Imperial Hotel dinner group. Shogo Tomiyama is second from right.|
Mr. Tomiyama brought an autographed copy of his book, "Managing Godzilla". It is in Japanese, but it is loaded with behind-the-scenes photographs from his years as producer (picking up the torch from Tomoyuki Tanaka) and president of Toho Pictures. This is a book that all Godzilla fans should include in their collections! It contains 288 pages and is in paperback. Cover price: 2,300 yen.
|Above, the autograph. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
It can be obtained through www.kadokawa.co.jp/. The ISBN is 978-4-04-869000-3.
At the dinner, I thumbed through the book and marveled at the photographs. I received a good laugh from the dinner group when I mentioned that even though the text is in Japanese, "the pictures are in English."
I had planned to bring along a copy of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan for Mr. Tomiyama, but in the rush to get to the dinner, I forgot to bring it. I mailed a copy to Mr. Tomiyama the next day.