If you are getting ready for a trip to Japan, you are undoubtedly excited for all of the incredible things you are going to do while visiting the country. Before you go, soak up some kaiju goodness by watching these five Godzilla films.
The first film is the one that started the entire franchise. Gojira is a movie about a giant, atomic monster, but it is also much more. The movie is a harrowing tale of a nation besieged by atomic fire. In this way, the movie brings anxieties from World War II into the forefront. This is a classic film for a reason, and while future movies will lose the serious tone, Gojira is a serious film.
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Next up is another classic. In Mothra vs. Godzilla, the two iconic monsters meet for the first time. This movie is fairly cheesy, a theme Godzilla films were known to embrace in the 1960s and 1970s. This is a fun one, where much of the mythology surrounding Mothra is explained for the first time in the Godzilla franchise. This is a fun diversion before the more intense films of the Heisei era in the 1980s and 1990s.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah is one of the more fantastical films in the 30-film series. This entry features time travel as another one of the Godzilla mainstays comes face to face with the king of monsters. During its original release, the film faced backlash because of Godzilla’s destruction of American military forces. The film ends in one of the coolest ways any Godzilla film has, and is worth viewing for the ending alone.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
This one is a bit of a heart-stopper. Part horror, part kaiju and part drama, this film features the death of Godzilla after his heart begins to enter a stage of nuclear meltdown. As a closing to the Heisei era of films, this one does well, and it is worth a watch, if only for the excellent “burning Godzilla” suit.
Shin Godzilla (2016)
The most recent Toho Godzilla film is also probably the closest in tone to the original Gojira. From the mind behind the equally traumatizing Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shin Godzilla is a look at trying to save a doomed city from a god incarnate. This movie features the most grotesque and horrifying Godzilla yet, and is worth a watch for longtime and new fans alike.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.