Monday, February 19, 2007

How to Survive a Marathon in Tokyo

This photo was taken near Ichigaya station, and you can see how wet it was. A lot of folks have elected to run in ponchos (Tokyo Metro handed out literally thousands of them). The main pack of the race is just starting to enjoy some elbow room, so there were still lots of smiles at this point. We overheard one woman yelling out to a supporter, "Cho tsurai!" (which, loosely translated, means this sucks!) However, she too had a smile on her face.

While heading from Ichigaya to Mita to catch the race as it headed toward Shinagawa station, we noticed several marathoners jogging across the metro platform inside the station. They were all headed in the same direction, so it took us a while to figure out what was going on. It all became clear once we saw the runners go back the other way after a few minutes; the lines at the port-o-potties were pretty long (and cold!), so a couple flights of stairs are a small price to pay for a warm, dry toilet in the subway station.

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