Last night, I started the second leg of watching all thirty Godzilla films. I began with the first in the Heisei series, Godzilla (1984). And wow, it’s better than I remembered. I had not watched the film since the 80s when it first aired on US TV screens. While watching the movie, I could not help but remember my first trip to Japan over 20 years ago. As Godzilla lumbered through Tokyo and slumbered in Shinjuku scene after scene I said to myself, “WOW! I was there!.” In 1991, I traveled to the West coast for the first time and visited a Japanese shopping center in San Francisco. It was at that time I was determined to make Japan my next destination. In the winter of 1994, I embarked on the first of more than a dozen trips to Japan. And the first kept me coming back.