Sake and Godzilla
I also have a website devoted to drinking, including Japanese sake and it’s always nice when these two hobbies of mine overlap.
Konishi Brewing Company in Hyogo, Japan have released a Shochu called
“Hakai-O” Sake Godzilla in a special Godzilla shaped pottery bottle to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Godzilla’s birth (the first screening of the original Godzilla movie was in November 1954).
In the West we call the Japanese rice wine “Sake“, but in Japanese, sake is actually the word for “alcoholic drink“. This bottle actually contains shochu which is a distilled drink made from barley, potatoes or rice.
The brewery was approached by Toho Co. Ltd about plans to commemorate the anniversary and they decided to make this very cool ceramic bottle.
The Godzilla bottle was molded by the artist Nariaki Ito and is a model of BiollanteGodzilla (Bio-Godzi) from the 1989 movie “Godzilla Vs Biollante“.
The Director of Special Effects for six of the Heisei Godzilla (1989 ~ ) series, including Godzilla Vs Biollante and Godzilla Vs Destroyer, Koichi Kawakita supervised the modelling process.
The finished model was then turned into a pottery bottle by the famous Japanese pottery makers Kanekoh Ceramic Corporation in the Gifu Prefecture.
They decided to match the colouring of the model to that of the original Godzilla.
Mr Koichi Kawakita commented on the release of this “Hakai-O” Sake Godzilla, saying (and the bad English translation is taken straight from the brewery’s press release, I imagine it made a lot more sense when he said it in Japanese!)…
Delight to get drunk and become enthusiastic on Godzilla this evening.
Already more than half century passed from the birth of “Godzilla”.
And, time of nearly 20years also passed from the production of “Godzilla VS Biollante” movie which I directed as a supervisor of special effect movie.
The children who came across Godzilla at that time have been already an excellent grown-up.
It is a delight for the Godzilla fan who became an adult that they remind Godzilla at the former days and drink with such Godzilla.
Godzilla-shaped pottery bottle also produce to respect a sense of such mind after drinking.
Obviously I had to order one of these (there’s a limited run of only 3000, and they cost ￥10,500 a bottle), and I’ll post some more pictures when it arrives.
The brewery’s website is here where you can see more pictures of the bottle aswell as the press release.