Today has begun with the sad news of the passing of the great special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano (中野 昭慶) on June 27. Director Nakano was born October 9, 1935 in the former Manchuria (now northeastern China) and repatriated to Japan in 1946 after the end of the war. He joined Toho in 1959 after graduating from Nihon University. SPFX Director Eiji Tsuburaya was his mentor in the Showa years. After Tsuburaya’s death, Nakano-san would become head director of special effects for the remaining of the Showa era and continued into the Heisei Era with Godzilla (1984). He left his mark on many Toho tokusatsu productions and the body of his work is impressive.