Godzilla named tourism ambassador of his old stomping ground

Apr 10, 2015

Godzilla named tourism ambassador of his old stomping ground

Fire-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla was welcomed in part of Tokyo on Thursday as a sign of prosperity, not destruction. The irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Shinjuku Ward, known for its down-home bars and noodle restaurants. A Godzilla-size head towering 52 ...

Japanese architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

Aug 8, 2014

Japanese architects sell lifestyle on a global stage

A new generation of Japanese architects is scoring success by reinterpreting the past. Unlike their predecessors, who modernized Japan with Western-style edifices, they talk of fluidly defining space with screens, blending it with nature, taking advantage of earthy materials and incorporating natural light — ...