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Tokyo Marathon – Runners in Costume

Posted in People, Places by tokyobling on February 24, 2014

Tokyo Marathon would not be the same without all the costumed runners, and this year’s race was no exception. I saw so many that I lost count, but here are about half of the ones that I managed to catch in my finder. There were a few good ones that I missed as they ran in the middle of the stream of people. I would admire anyone who walks 42km let alone tries to run them, and even more so doing it in costume!

Where I was stood at about 4km into the race, the first runner in costume to pass us was the man dressed as a daikon in the second photo (I saw a couple of daikons, three or four nasu (eggplant) a couple of strawberries, a pod of peas and a couple of bananas. Not quite enough for a meal but it was good to see that almost a dozen fruit and vegetable runners for each hamburger (there was one!). Then there was a rather fast Gundam runner (fifth photo) as well as a small group of Where’s Wally? (I saw one more later on). Despite Kumamon being the most popular character in Japan right now I saw only one (seventh photo) but several Snow Whites (both male and female, eight photo). Superheroes were also represented, with at least two Batmans for every Superman, and three or four spidermen for every Captain America. But out of my four favorites this time, here are two of them (two final photos), a man in a business suit complete with glasses and a briefcase, and a man running as a red postbox. Fantastic! I’ll post the others later, just hang in there!













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  1. Melody Aki said, on February 24, 2014 at 3:38 am

    So cool, I wonder if they also trained in costume!


  2. zoomingjapan said, on February 24, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Haha, weird people, but it looks like a lot of fun! ^^


    • tokyobling said, on February 27, 2014 at 4:58 am

      Fun to watch, and judging from the comments, also fun to run! (^-^)


  3. C said, on February 24, 2014 at 8:27 am

    These costumes remind me of a tamer (and longer) (and colder) Bay to Breakers! Love the Where’s Waldo guys! (I didn’t get “Where’s Wally” until realizing it’s Waldo in the US and Canada. Learn something new every day)

    Looks like the salaryman is wearing regular shoes — is he going to run the entire race?! Wow. I wonder how many of the costumed people run the whole thing?


    • tokyobling said, on February 27, 2014 at 4:59 am

      I think 99% of the runners actually do the whole thing. (^-^) I often go jogging in my regular shoes, so I think I know how he feels. Would be cool if he just kept going after hitting the goal, straight into his office!


  4. amadl said, on February 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    This post just made my day! Thank you 😀


  5. Junko said, on February 24, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Is it really a newly wed couple? If so, what a way to celebrate! My fave is the businessman in a dark suit with a brief case even wearing business shoes. I hope he didn’t have blisters!


  6. Lilichan06 said, on February 24, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Aaaah really funny! XD
    Thanks and yes please don’t forget to post other photos !!


  7. Rie Chan said, on February 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Love the businessman! Looks like he’s late for the train haha 😀


  8. sarabanto said, on February 24, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Plain love<3 I'm always in love with the costumed marathons 😀 the octopus man and the postbox is the best, though the businessman is close too! 😀


  9. Cathryn said, on February 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    So cool….love these photos! Nutters,


  10. Shelli@howsitgoingeh? said, on February 28, 2014 at 12:37 am

    AMAZING!!! Daikon, Salary Man + Post Box are my favorites! But I couldn’t imagine running a marathon with a prop in my hand – must get annoying after a while!


    • tokyobling said, on February 28, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Thanks Shelli! I think running a marathon in itself is such a challenge that the extra cheer you receive from the crowd makes up for the uncomfortable costume! (^-^)


  11. Jenina said, on March 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    This is amazing! I saw so many crazy costumes during the marathon, wish I had taken some pictures myself so I’m glad you posted some. Thanks!


    • tokyobling said, on March 3, 2014 at 1:05 am

      Hi Jenina! Thank you for the kind comment. I am sorry I didn’t get a photo of you! (^-^;)


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