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Friday, August 5, 2016

Yokosuka: Godzilla Slide and the Battleship Mikasa

Above, the Godzilla slide at Kurihama Flower World. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

For Godzilla fans, a visit to the Kurihama Flower World in Yokosuka to see the Godzilla slide is one of those "must-do" things while in Japan. But there's something more to see while in Yokosuka.

Along with the Godzilla slide, Yokosuka is the home of the only remaining pre-dreadnought battleship surviving in the world. It is also worth a visit while in Yokosuka.

According to CNET:
An hour south of Tokyo, on the edge of the bay is a piece of history unique in the world. Embedded in concrete just a few feet from the water is the 114-year-old battleship Mikasa. It's the only surviving pre-dreadnought battleship, not to mention one of the only Imperial navy vessels still intact from that era. 
After 21 years in service, the Mikasa was decommissioned, but not scrapped. Instead she was preserved at the request of the Japanese government, with her engines and armament removed, and her hull encased in concrete. 
After several extensive restorations, the Mikasa today is a museum ship, and a fascinating look back into turn-of-the-last century naval design.
The Godzilla slide is spotlighted on page 32 of The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan.

To read more, go here.

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