There are a great many things I love about Japan. Sushi. Akihabara. Karate. Origami. Sake. The list goes on. But one of the very coolest things about Japan is the respect that is given to pop culture heroes.
For instance, at Kyoto railway station, there's a statue of Astro Boy. And as you see above, in the home town of sci-fi special effects supremo Eiji Tsuburaya (famous for his work on Godzilla), the electric transformer boxes are painted with silhouettes of Ultraman monsters in his honour. [Pink Tentacle]via [Tokyomango] .