After going through some hoops to actually get into this "outside" Comic-Con event, we made it. And it was amazing. I thought it was going to be a prop exhibit, but it was more like an amusement park walk-through attraction. Pics after the cut.
The first room you walk in has some props from the Japanese movies, but the whole thing has been decorated like a 60s Showa Era neighborhood, complete with shops and old bicycles, vintage Japanese candy and crates of Ramune soda. All the signage is bilingual. My Japanese is a little rusty, but it seems to be translated well. Someone really did their homework.
There is even a fake ramen shop that looks exactly like a hole-in-the-wall Shinjuku joint, nestled under a train track or something. It is a perfect recreation, from the white tile to the stacks of cups and sake bottles. There was even a middle-aged Asian dude there reading a newspaper, for that extra authenticity. Small touch screens were built into the counter that told the history of Gojira.
"Destroy All Hunger"? Indeed. I really felt like ordering a big bowl of miso ramen with extra corn and menma.
The back wall is little more modern, but no less Japanese. One fake storefront "selling" designer Godzilla shirts could have easily been found among the fashion boutiques of Ura-Harajuku. The last alcove section could have been the ground floor display of the Harajuku Uniqlo, with its loud colors and bright whites. But I didn't get a good look at it because, suddenly, the air raid sirens went off and we were ushered to another room by people in jumpsuits and tactical gear!
I won't give away the rest, but if this level of detail and respect for the source material is put into the movie, Godzilla fans are going to be very happy.