Tomorrow – Tokyo Marathon
Walking in Ginza towards Tsujiki this afternoon I noticed that preparations for tomorrows huge event – the Tokyo Marathon – was in full swing. Here’s a group of functionaries discussing strategies and setting up a way station. The runners will be passing not 100m from where I live so I will try to go out and cheer them on, and hopefully get some photos! If you are very rich and have a car in Tokyo, tomorrow might be good day to leave it in he garage, a lot of roads will be closed of for traffic! On another note, Japanese are remarkably good long distance runners! Most Japanese students run at least one half marathon and many schools arrange full length marathons once or twice a year. I don’t think this would be even remotely possible in Europe! In almost any group of Japanese people there’s a few whom you’d never believe to be very athletic that has run the marathon a few times in their lives. At first I simply didn’t believe them, especially not when my podgy colleagues talked about it but now that I have seen just how good they are at long distance running I take them much more seriously. I still like to remind them that the first human to run the marathon, Phidippides, actually died of fatigue after completing the run! I think the Japanese have the perfect mix of endurance and pride to be excellent marathon runners. Tomorrow will be fun!