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Thursday, August 4, 2016

The One Place Spared From Godzilla's Wrath

Above, the main gate at the Nijubashi Bridge of the Imperial Palace. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Godzilla has stomped in and around Tokyo a number of times, beginning with his first appearance in 1954. But there's one place in Tokyo that has been spared of any attacks.

According to RocketNews 24:
There’s just one place in Tokyo this mascot of mayhem always seems to spare.

Over the last six decades, Godzilla has destroyed Tokyo dozens of times, and while his career has seen many exhilarating highs (remember that time he fought a giant space moth?!) and lows (ill-advised American remake with Ferris Bueller, mediocre American remake with Walter White, those times he had an annoying son, the franchise’s ‘Scrappy-Doo’ moment), one thing has remained consistent since his first cinematic outing in 1954. So far, the iconic monster has shown no interest in destroying the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. 
Above, the Nijubashi Bridge. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Serious Godzilla fans have been familiar of this tidbit of trivia for years. It is out of respect for the Emperor and the Imperial family that Godzilla has never attacked the Imperial Palace. The National Diet Building, where Japan's national government meets, hasn't been so lucky. It has been demolished several times over the years by kaiju.

The Palace was one of the stops for the 2004 G-TOUR, I first visited the Imperial Palace in 2001.

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