To be honest with you I had not planned to go and watch Tokyo Marathon, because personally I am not so into watching sports, as I believe it is more useful to do sports yourself. I had planned to take lots of plum flower pictures today, but these pictures got a bit delayed. On my way to Shibakoen and Hamarikyuonshiteien park – both famous for lots of plum trees in the middle of Tokyo – I bumped into the Marathon running course with all the runners and spectators. I have to say I was truly impressed about the spirit of the runners and the people on the side lines. For sure interesting runners could be found as you can see below. How about muscle man?
Not only unique runners could be seen, but as well interestingly dressed up people on the side lines. There I did not feel like being an observer of a marathon, much more like a participant in a local matsuri with all shouting ongoing (simple encouragements to keep running).
For sure I do admire all the participants and bow my head in respect. Congratulations to everyone who finished the race! I have my doubts whether I myself would be able to train long and hard enough to be ready for a marathon.
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P.S. The planned plum pictures for today will be uploaded tomorrow.