An evening bike-ride along the Shinkawa river revealed this bit of urban history, something sure to puzzle alien archaeolgists when they exhume the frozen remains of Tokyo ten thousand years hence: a cast metal fence with a repeating Godzilla motif.
"Perhaps they worshipped some sort of lizards, or were lizards themselves," I can hear one of our otherworldly scientists mutter as he examines the object aboard his UFO.
"Yes," concurs his three-eyed colleague, who absentmindedly strokes his own beak with a suction-cupped tentacle as he ponders. "They also apparently weaned their young on imitations of alcoholic beverages."
Little do they realize that this particular stretch of the Shinkawa, its banks long since converted to smooth concrete slabs (as have most rivers that run through Tokyo) happens to pass near Toho's movie studios in the Setagaya district.