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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Kyoto Landmark Offering "Stunning" New Service

Above, Kyoto Tower. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

A Kyoto landmark, one that is familiar to hardcore Godzilla fans, is offering a "stunning new service."

According to Japan Today:
TOKYO —For a fee, visitors to Kyoto will have the chance to illuminate one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks with a color (or two) of their choice. 
The new service, which started in September, offers the romantically-inclined the chance to surprise unsuspecting companions with a breath-taking, LED light display that bathes Kyoto‘s famous landmark tower in a color their choosing for half an hour. 
Visitors to Kyoto, arguably Japan’s premiere cultural destination, will quickly notice the tower upon leaving the city’s central train station. The landmark was first built in 1964 to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics, and the retro-futuristic monument looks like something out of an old Osamu Tezuka comic — though many are quick to remark that it seems a bit out of place in a town better known for its ancient temples and gorgeous natural scenery.
Kyoto Tower was featured, and blasted by Godzilla, in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993). Kaiju-related landmarks, including Kyoto Tower, are noted in The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan on page 43.

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