A Japanese Language Major’s reaction to ‘Gojira’

Kelsey O'Brien BCM320 Digital Asia

I have watched very few old movies in my time, probably only ever one in black and white, and definitely none Japanese. I’ve also had no previous experience with the Godzilla franchise before the BCM320 screening of Gojira (Honda 1954). However, as a teacher last semester described my class, I am a ‘budding Japanologist’, and as such did have some contextual knowledge around Japanese history and Godzilla’s place in it.

I am a twenty-two-year-old Caucasian Australian woman, and while I do not have strong personal ties to Japan (i.e. no family history there), I’ve been interested in it on-and-off since learning some Japanese (the numbers 1-10) in primary school. In recent times, this has led to my doing a degree in Japanese, learning some Japanese history and modern Japanese culture, and a casual interest in anime, Jpop, and Japanese food.

As I’ve said, this was my first experience with the…

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