The second part in this series really put Ōta ward on the map and this can only strengthen it as we go deeper into Tokyo’s most southerly ward. I’ve said a few times now that there’s more to this ward than just the airport in Haneda but that is from where the shots of the Tokyo Monorail in the first minute are taken.
N.B. The time codes given are approximate and may be slightly different to the DVD or blu-ray versions.
There are two little bridges to feature in the opening fifteen minutes of the film. The first one to appear on screen is Asahi Bridge (below) on the Nomi River after 12 minutes and this one is the furthest of the two if coming from the nearest station(s). It lies about 20 minutes east of Keikyu Kamata Station on foot (add on another 8 minutes if coming from JR Kamata Station). In reality the waters near this bridge aren’t full of boats unlike in the film where there are loads of them swishing around as Godzilla’s primary stomping action begins.
The former Anamori Inari Shrine (1 Chome Haneda-kūkō) is seen on 12 minutes. My picture was taken whilst ‘On The Fox Trail……In Haneda (Tokyo)‘ last Spring and is obviously not quite the same angle. There have been attempts to move this giant red torii gate (below) in the past but they have often been met with disastrous consequences for those who tried to shift it.
Just a bit further down the river (about 10 minutes on foot) from the aforementioned Asahi Bridge is what the on-screen caption refers to as New Nomi Bridge (below) but I couldn’t find such a name on the map. It’s shown briefly on 13 minutes as Godzilla’s path of destruction edges him closer to Kamata station.
Kamata is one of the main districts of Ota ward and just a few minutes walk from the main exit of Kamata station is the part of the street (below) which is seen on 14 minutes when the strange looking first incarnation of Godzilla appears. The green and white building can just about be made out from the screenshot as the almost comical-looking monster wreaks havoc on the area.
This was not the first time a monster has been spotted in the area as close to Kamata station is the tire monster which featured in ‘Interesting Japanese Playground Structures #3‘. Furthermore, in the wake of the movie release Kamata Onsen (2-23-2 Kamata Honcho, Ota-ku) temporarily changed the decor of their bathhouse (below) in honour of the radioactive lizard appearing in the district.
Whilst doing a bit of online research for this post I came across an article stating that the Keikyū Kamata Tourist Information Centre actually have maps detailing the route taken by Godzilla in this 2016 film which was directed by Hideaki Anno.
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