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Tokyo Marathon Costumes

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on February 28, 2012

This year’s Tokyo Marathon was the first that I have seen but certainly not the last. One thing I knew was coming was the costumes, the dress ups of some of the runners! I had heard about it but it was so many more than I could have imagined, and some really elaborate costumes! Unfortunately, as you can see, it was really hard to get the runners in focus, as I only had a split second to select a runner, get a focus and press the trigger. The road they ran on was so wide and it was so crowded I could barely shoot one tenth of the runners I wanted to! But I lucked out when it came to the best costume of the race, Jesus and his cross! I can think of few costumes that would be better for a marathon than this one, it was just a few degrees over freezing outside and this man ran a full marathon barefoot, in a loincloth while carrying a huge cross. That’s some real fighting spirit! Other great examples were the pink Hello Kitty Ninja lady, the men in suits with briefcases (I missed all but one, the man with the tiger mask), and any number of Mario and Luigi! Next year I’ll be better prepared and get a spot in a slight curve so that I can catch them running straight towards me. Shooting runners at an angle is pure pain. Enjoy!













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  1. Emma Reese said, on February 28, 2012 at 3:34 am

    It must have been hard to run a marathon on a hard road with business shoes and even barefoot. Do you know if the guy with a cross and the those with suits finished the race?

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      I can only imagine the pain! I don’t know if they finished, but most people do, unless there is an accident. I haven’t heard of anyone breaking off half way through. (^-^;)

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  2. marika said, on February 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Thumb up for Jesus Christ!!!! Super! (Although I also enjoyed Tiger Man very much…)

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      Yes, J was my fave too! And the tiger man…!

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  3. Slouching Somewhere said, on February 28, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Go Jesus! Running half-naked in the cold weather with a cross must not be the easiest thing. Love the beer mug runner as well. (Would love to run a marathon someday…this one in Tokyo looks the most colorful!) 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Oh yes, can you imagine the chafing on the poor guy’s back?! Unbearable! The Tokyo marathon has a very cool route. I have walked half of it but I can’t imagine running all of it!

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  4. Timi said, on February 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    It’s like a carnival insted of a marathon 😀 I want to go too, I don’t like running but this seems so much fun *-*

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      Haha… spot on comment there Timi! (^-^;)

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  5. pk1154 said, on February 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Shouldn’t Daruma-man have waited to cross the finish line to paint in the second eye? 😉

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      That was my understanding and my though too! But recently I have heard that some people fill in the second eye when they make the wish. I thought like you, that they fill it in afterwards. We must be mistaken… (^-^;)

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  6. Ulrik said, on February 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    The Jesus costume is hilarious! I also like the beer head man 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Isn’t great! He even looks like the part, skinny and bearded! (^-^)

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  7. Lissa Clouser said, on February 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    These are just too classic! Leave it to the Japanese to have fun with a marathon and not just make it about a bunch of athletic, very focused people running around. Even the people who are concentrating look like they are having fun. =)

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Haha… great comment Lissa! My though exactly! (^-^)

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  8. Birdie said, on February 29, 2012 at 12:43 am

    The Japanese never cease to amaze me….. Thanks for the adorable pictures!

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks Birdie! Good to see you back here! (^-^)

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  9. dafarmer said, on February 29, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Us runner are such silly people! I remember my first 5K there was a guy running in a banana costume…and I lost first place to a woman that was juggling while she was running.

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    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      A banana costume would be great! I think I saw a couple of them at the race in Tokyo too. I would probably lose to you even if you ran the race pushing a pram while feeding your baby! (^-^;)

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      • dafarmer said, on March 9, 2012 at 1:21 am

        I think we’d be neck and neck right now, since I haven’ run in almost a year. I stopped running while I was pregnant.

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  10. reviews said, on March 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

    this is soooo cool!

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  11. bell said, on December 15, 2012 at 4:16 am

    i ran my first marathon in fancy dress, and unexpectedly, i was the only one there in costume. some people take it very seriously. i ran my last one in a school uniform with tie and braces, and i’m looking for ideas for the next one. i like the watermelon and the business tiger most. kitty is very cute and easy to do, but a bit too sexy if no-one else is dressing up… thanks for some inspiring pictures!

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    • tokyobling said, on December 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Hi Bell! Thanks for the story! I would really love to see pictures of your marathon costumes! Maybe you can get more people to join up for some real costume running? I am sure it would attract more spectators! I would never have gone to see this race if it wasn’t for all the costumes! (^-^)

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  13. contactojapon said, on August 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Really enjoyed, thank you. Will share it in our most recent post in contactojapon.wordpress.com.

    Cheers!

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