Japan is a weird country. In fact, the word weird doesn’t even begin to do justice. In the land of the rising sun, they have a pretty high tolerance for weirdness. Apparently it’s just a part of the way things are in Japan, the motto being, the weirder the better.
And in a bid to show exactly HOW weird this island country can get, Japan has granted citizenship to the most unexpected
person, animal, monster thing: GODZILLA!
The giant lizard has been granted a special residency in Shinjuku area (home to the busiest railway station in the world) of Tokyo, Japan by Tokyo civic leaders. Their reasoning behind this was quoted as follows- “Promoting the entertainment of and watching over the Kabuki-Cho neighborhood and drawing visitors from around the globe in the form of the Godzilla head built atop the Shinjuku Toho Building.
Apparently it has been issued a citizenship certificate, which is shown below:
Which translates to the following:
Address: Shinjuku-ku, Kabuki-cho, 1-19-1
Date of birth: April 9, 1954
(Godzilla is a Piscean)
Reason for special residency: Promoting the entertainment of and watching over the Kabuki-cho neighborhood and drawing visitors from around the globe
Previous visits to Shinjuku Ward: 3 times; Godzilla (1984), Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla 2000 Millennium (1999)
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To celebrate the oncoming of its new ‘resident’, the Shinjuku City Office distributed 3,000 copies of Godzilla’s certificate to delighted fans on Saturday.
People were seen portraying different reactions on Twitter..
Godzilla has become an official permanent resident of Japan. King Kong and Mothra, however, were politely denied entrance to the country.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 4, 2015
My summer? Not much: chilling, reading, finding scale replicas of the Chicago skyline to get my Godzilla on. You? pic.twitter.com/ThAPDEQHFp
— Marina Squerciati (@marinasqu) June 3, 2015
Could you BE any wierder, Japan?!