If you go to the gardens at Tokyo Midtown before the end of August you will have the chance to meet Godzilla. Well, to be honest, you will only have the chance to see half Godzilla with an exact height of 6.6 meters (22 feet). The statue has been built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Godzilla and also to promote the latest Godzilla movie, which is being released in Japan next week. Yes! Many movies arrive quite late to Japan!
The new Suntory commercial for this Summer to promote the C.C.Lemon drink features Japanese schoolgirls with ninja abilities.
It’s 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) and near 90% humidity in Tokyo, it’s very hot! To cool off every Summer we have the “luck” to receive something known as “guerrilla rainstorms” ゲリラ豪雨, which are localized heavy rainstorms that come and go very quickly.
The novelty this year is that we are having “guerrilla hailstorms”. These are some photos and a video of a “guerrilla hailstorm” in Mitaka and Kichijoji 15 days ago.
It’s impressive to see white streets at this time of the year. However this Summer hail in Tokyo can’t compete at all with the following Summer hailstorm in Russia!:
The Garden of Words (言の葉の庭), is one of latest movies directed by Makoto Shinkai. For my liking Makoto’s movies are too romantic and slow. His only movie that I enjoyed was 5 Centimeters Per Second (秒速５センチメートル).
What really fascinates me about his movies is their artistic aspect, the scenarios are usually based on real places around Japan. Sometimes the artwork is so good that it’s not hard to confuse it for real photographs. These are some captures from The Garden of Words and the photo with the real place they are based on. All the action of the movie is set inside or around the park Shinjuku Gyoen.
Photos from imgur.
Kunigami is a Shintoist shrine that is specialized in blessing its visitors to cure them or protecting them from hemorrhoids. In the shrine there is a big egg-like rock in a fountain and a statue of a hen. This symbolizes a hen laying a magical rock egg that will cure hemorrhoids. According to the ritual you need to squat and put your butt towards the egg.
If you want to visit the “hemorrhoids temple” you can find it here on Google Maps.
More about hemorrhoids and its kanji character in Japanese
This past week I have been working for a couple of days at Toranomon Hills, the new tallest building in Tokyo (inaugurated one month ago) after surpassing Tokyo Midtown. Toranomon Hills is 255.5 meters / 838 feet tall and has been built by Mori, the same construction company that built Roppongi Hills.
Unlike Roppongi Hills, this new complex doesn’t have a shopping area or a movie theater. It only has offices, several residential floors, two floors for conferences, many restaurants and a small area with a garden. The mascot of the building is called Toranomon (トラのもん) and was designed by the production staff of Doraemon.
Can you spot the Toranomon mascot in the following photos?
Official website of Toranomon Hills
Japanese giant salamanders (Ōsanshōuo) are the second largest species of salamander around the world (after the Chinese ones). They are as large as 1.5 meters (5 feet) long. Last week one of them was spotted near the shore of Kamogawa river in Kyoto. These type of salamanders are not dangerous at all but police decided to pick it up and give it a ride out of civilization taking it to the mountains to the north of Kyoto.
Giant salamander in an Ukiyo-e by Utagawa Kuniyoshi
More details about giant salamanders in the Wikipedia article.
An old woman who bought an old building in Chiba found out after buying it that two of the floors where full of old arcade machines. The granddaughter’s boyfriend took these pictures before cleaning up the place and posted them online.
More photos at Imgur. Via Gizmodo.