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    "Awaji GODZILLA Festival" Announces New Events -- GODZIBAN Live Show With Bagan! Jet Jaguar and Megalon Exhibit! Splash Godzilla Zipline!

    Source: Nijigen No Mori press releases
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    See a live performance of the GODZIBAN puppet show! Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD.

    On June 10th, the "Nijigen no Mori" anime theme park in Awaji Island Park, Hyogo Prefecture kicked off the "Awaji GODZILLA Festival", a summer fest offering exclusive events, games, exhibitions, merchandise and foods to Godzilla fans. The festival expands on the park's "Godzilla Interception Operation - National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster" (ゴジラ迎撃作戦 ~国立ゴジラ淡路島研究センター~, Gojira Geigeki Sakusen ~ Kokuritsu Gojira Awajishima Kenkyū Sentā ~), a permanent attraction centered around a life-size Shin Godzilla, 120 meters long, which has landed on Awaji Island. Participants become members of the National Awaji Island Institute of Godzilla Disaster  (NIGOD) and take on missions such as a zipline, in which participants plunge into Godzilla's meticulously detailed body, and a shooting game in which they destroy scattered Godzilla cells.


    ■ Youtube's Popular Monster Puppet Show GODZIBAN Comes to Nijigen no Mori on June 24 and 25!

    For two days only, "Godzilla Interception Operation" will host special performances of the hit Youtube original series GODZIBAN (怪獣人形劇 ゴジばん, Kaijū Ningyōgeki Gojiban), Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 2023. GODZIBAN, the official monster puppet show of Toho Company, debuted in 2019 and has a cumulative audience of over 20 million viewers worldwide.

    The "GODZIBAN Comes to Nijigen no Mori" (ゴジばんinニジゲンノモリ, Gojiban in Nijigen no Mori) performances are live events giving Godzilla fans a rare opportunity to see the puppet show up close and in person. In addition to seeing the shows, attendees will have meet and greet opportunities with the GODZIBAN monsters and be able to try their hand at puppeteering the marionettes!

    This two-day event is sure to excite children and adults alike, with appearances by the three Godzilla brothers Godzilla-kun, Minilla, and Little, some of the other monsters that live on Godzi Godzii Island, as well as the fantastic monster Bagan!

    "GODZIBAN Comes to Nijigen no Mori" Overview

    Dates: Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, 2023
    Four Performances Per Day: 10:30 am~/12:00 pm~/2:00 pm~/3:30 pm~. Each performance runs approximately 30 minutes.
    Venue: In front of Godzilla Museum. In case of rain, the performance will be held at Morino Terrace.
    Fee: Free of charge for "Godzilla Interception Operation" ticket holders.

    GODZIBAN's Godzilla-kun, Radon, Minilla, and Little. Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD.

    The giant spider Kumonga from GODZIBAN. Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD.


    ■ The "Jet Jaguar/Megalon Special Exhibition" Will be Held at the World's Only Permanent "Godzilla Museum" Starting July 1!

    Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of GODZILLA VS. MEGALON with the Godzilla Museum's Jet Jaguar/Megalon Special Exhibition. Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD.

    In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the movie GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (ゴジラ対メガロ, Gojira Tai Megaro),  Nijigen no Mori will hold the "Jet Jaguar/Megalon Special Exhibition" (ジェットジャガー/メガロ特別展, Jetto Jagā / Megaro Tokubetsu-ten) at "Godzilla Interception Operation's" Godzilla Museum from Saturday, July 1, 2023 until Monday, January 8, 2024. This exhibition will feature a Showa-era retro and comical design to capture the feel of GODZILLA VS. MEGALON, as well as dioramas reproducing famous scenes from the film.

    In addition, the Museum will host the "Popularity Vote Duel" between Jet Jaguar and Megalon, who fought a heated battle in the movie. The popular vote will be supported by the monsters associated with Jet Jaguar and Megalon!

    The Godzilla Museum will also maintain its regular exhibits devoted to the history of Godzilla movies.

     "Jet Jaguar/Megalon Special Exhibition" Overview

    Exhibit Period: Saturday, July 1, 2023 - January 8, 2024
    Location: "Godzilla Interception Operation" Godzilla Museum
    Fee: Free of charge for "Godzilla Interception Operation" ticket holders.


    ■ Soaking Wet Zipline "Splash Godzilla" Begins Saturday, July 1!

    Nijigen no Mori's popular "Godzilla Interception Operation" zipline ride will hold the emergency special mission "Splash Godzilla," (スプラッシュ ゴジラ,  Supurasshu Gojira) a summer-only event, from Saturday, July 1 through Sunday, October 1, 2023.  The mission, in which a large amount of water is sprayed on Godzilla to cool him down, proved popular with guests during a Summer 2022 test run.

    For the 2023 edition of "Splash Godzilla," participants will zipline into Godzilla's mouth and themselves being soaked with water... a 200% increase in spray compared to last year's event!

    "Splash Godzilla" Overview

    Period: Saturday, July 1 - Sunday, October 1, 2023
    Fee: Included in "Godzilla Interception Operation" ticket price.

    "Godzilla Interception Operation" Attraction Fees: Adults Ages 12-Up  / 120cm or Taller - 3,800円 (Approx. $28.84 US), Children Ages 5-11 / 120cm or Shorter - 2,200円 (Approx. $16.69 US)*

    *All prices include tax.

    TM & © TOHO CO., LTD.


    The Splash Godzilla zipline ride. Photo courtesy of Nijigen no Mori. TM & ©TOHO CO., LTD.

    About Nijigen no Mori

    Nijigen no Mori is a Japanese anime theme park located in Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture. Limited edition merchandise for popular attractions such as "Crayon Shin-chan Adventure Park," "NARUTO & BORUTO Shin-chan," and "Godzilla Interception Operation Awaji" are now available for purchase at the park and the official online shop.

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