Godzilla Head

Statue in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Godzilla, a portmanteau of the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira), is king of the kaijū (strange beasts) that ruled Japanese popular cinema for decades. This giant statue of him looking to take a bit out of a skyscraper has become a Shinjuku landmark. Every so often he roars to life, with glowing eyes and smoky breath.