The History of Godzilla – Pt 1


The History of Godzilla

Godzilla Timeline



The photo above shows the hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll.


It was in 1954 (Showa 29).


The chronology of Godzilla awakened by the atomic and hydrogen bombs also begins here.


You can see the proof that Godzilla is living in the times.

1954 (Showa 29)


In March of that year, a hydrogen bomb was tested at Bikini Atoll. At that time, a Japanese tuna fishing boat operating in this area was exposed to the atomic bombing. This is the so-called “Daigo Fukuryu Maru Incident.” Combined with the situation during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, it made people feel the threat of nuclear weapons.


The memory of the incident is still fresh, and on November 3rd, the giant hydrogen bomb monster “Godzilla” appeared on the screen in its grotesque form. It is the birth of the super monster of the century.

1953 (Showa 30)


Godzilla, who drove Tokyo to the brink of destruction in the previous work, lands in Osaka again. The climax of “Godzilla Raids Again” (released on April 26) is the decisive battle at Osaka Castle with Anguirus.


In July, Shintaro Ishihara released “Season of the Sun.” The term solar tribe became a buzzword. Transistor radio is sold for the first time.

Season of the Sun is a Japanese novel written in 1955 by Shintaro Ishihara, who later became a politician and was governor of Tokyo for 13 years from 1999 to 2012. It is the source of the name of the rebellious taiyozoku youth culture which emerged after World War II. The novel won the 1956 Akutagawa Prize. (Source: Wikipedia)

1956 (Showa 31)


Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute established (June). The Japan Meteorological Agency was established in July of this year.


The first Antarctic expedition departs from Japan in November on the Antarctic research ship Soya. In January of the following year, Showa Station was established.


Godzilla’s rival, Rodan, made his screen debut in “Rodan” (January 26).


It was also this year that Superman, who is known as “Stronger than a Locomotive,” appeared on Japanese CRTs [cathode-ray tube (TV)].

1957 (Showa 32)


In August, Japan’s first nuclear reactor was turned on in Tokai-mura. The Soviet Union succeeded in testing an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) that can directly attack enemy countries across continents. (August)


Furthermore, in October, the Soviet Union succeeded in launching the world’s first artificial satellite, giving the Soviet Union an advantage over the United States in terms of both space development.


Monorail opens at Ueno Zoo.

1958 (昭和33)
1958 (Showa 33)


The United States also successfully launched a satellite this year (January)

Source: Encyclopedia of Godzilla, Gakken, p 95