The Tokyo Ginza Morinaga Globe

The Morinaga neon globe in Tokyo's Ginza district at the time of its erection in 1953.
The Morinaga neon globe in Tokyo’s Ginza district at the time of its erection in 1953. (Manichi Newspapers Company/Wikimedia Commons)


If you’re a fan of kaiju, or Japanese monster movies or you spent any amount of time shopping in Tokyo’s Ginza district during the 1950s-1980s, then you are most likely familiar with this sign.

This giant neon globe once adorned the top of the Wako Department Store at Ginza Crossing. It advertised the Morinaga and Co. confectionery company, who are one of Japan’s most famous candy and confectionery companies. It was erected in 1953 and became famous to moviegoers worldwide when Godzilla tore it down in a fit of rage in the first Godzilla movie that came out a year later.

In 1983, the sign was torn down in real-life, but it will live on forever in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (ゴジラ, or Gojira)!



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