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More Cosplaying Athletes – Tokyo Marathon

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on February 25, 2014

The second batch of cosplaying athletes from this year’s Tokyo Marathon. I really enjoyed spotting all of these fantastic athletes, but to be honest there was one guy in particular I was looking for, and that is the by now pretty famous Mr. Lullaby (ララバイさん) who dressed as Jesus, complete with a cross, runs the entire marathon bare foot! Compared to better equipped runners, his finishing time of 05:24 might not be very spectacular, but considering he is an amateur athlete without shoes it is pretty amazing. After the race he ran off to head a gig in Ikebukuro, as he is the singer of the band “The Chambers” (ザ・チャンバーズ). If you missed the post race gig you get a second chance on the 28th of this month when the band performs at a small festival gig in Shinjuku. In 2013 he even participated in the New York Marathon, in costume of course. The band’s twitter feed is full of fun photos of this guy right now.

There were plenty more of fun runners, like the zombie man with a meat cleaver in his head and a fork in his shoulder, or the man dressed up as Mount Fuji, or the many Super Marios. The list goes on!

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  1. Dina Farmer said, on February 25, 2014 at 5:38 am

    I love Marathons for this reason! I think that some times people just don’t take it super serious and why not ti’s running. One of my most favorite things to do! I can’t wait to get back to running once this surgery is over. :) I hope to some day run the Tokyo Marathon, but I believe it is a lottery right?

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    • tokyobling said, on February 27, 2014 at 5:26 am

      It is a lottery, and I think the chances are 10:1 or something similar. But they have charity positions for sale, if you feel ready to part with 100 000 yen you can buy a position! (^-^) Hope you get well soon!

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  2. Lilichan06 said, on February 25, 2014 at 6:52 am

    A great batch!! They have a big big imagination
    Oh Jesus Christ running barefeet !!!! He’s really courageous :-D
    You’re lucky to have attended such an interesting event!

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  3. pk1154 said, on February 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I have got to show Zombie Guy to E. (She LARPs humans vs. zombies, armed to the teeth with Nerf guns.)

    And hey, I’ve got a Pikachu hand puppet just like the one the guy in the Pikachu costume has!

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  4. Cathryn said, on February 25, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    How on EARTH do they do this? I can barely fathom doing a marathon anyway, let alone in fancy dress like that!!

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  5. Irina Kolak said, on February 26, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Unbelievable. Very funny and very tough to do. Can’t say what I think about the Jesus guy, running barefoot and all, but… hey… :)

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  6. Elias said, on February 26, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Did this marathon a few days ago -in costume as well, only difference is I made my costume myself with dryfit fabric (a tall guy dressed as a black cockroach)- and it was the best fun I ever had! If you ever get to run this race do go in costume, much of the crowd is also in costume and boy do they go wild cheering the runners that are dressed up. Although I suffered from a mild but persistent injury and hadn’t slept at all on the previous night, that amazing crowd kept me going and even beat my best time. The course is flat, the weather is chilly, the crowd and city are great so if you ever have the chance do go run Tokyo. In costume of course!

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    • tokyobling said, on February 27, 2014 at 5:39 am

      Ah, yes, I have been reading about you on Twitter, and the cheering you got! Someone even put up a photo of you:

      http://p.twipple.jp/Na2iW

      If that is you or not… (^-^;) Unfortunately I didn’t see you myself, you must have been hidden in the crowd of runners that went past me early on! Some day I might find the strength to do it!

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    • nimuejohn said, on April 19, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Woot woot! Elias, I passed you somewhere in the final few miles. I was having a bad race, but thought to myself, “I’m not going to finish behind a cockroach!” That must have been tough running in, was a very elaborate costume. Do you have a photo of yourself in costume you’d be willing to share?

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  7. Shelli@howsitgoingeh? said, on February 28, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Even more amazing costumes than the last post!!! Only in Japan!!! They are dedicated!!!

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