Tokyo Marathon 2014

Tokyo Marathon was held on Feb. 23, 2014. Here’s a collection of the most outstanding and incredulous costumes. I was near Suitengu Station which was about 10 km from the finish line.

Monkey head

Monkey head

This guy was running with his bride with heart-shaped balloons.

This guy was running with his bride with heart-shaped balloons.


Japan mailbox. Painted on his face is the symbol of the Japan post office: 〒


Jesus Christ, barefoot!


Well coordinated.

From another planet.

From another planet.


Carrying a surfboard while wearing rubber slippers.


The biggest costume I saw. Couldn’t get a clear shot though.


Very popular mascot named Funasshi, from Funabashi, Chiba.




Santa Claus with a big bag of presents.


Geta clogs matching his monk costume.




Cross dressers galore


Tuba player




Yep, these costumes can get hot.


Golden frog. The note from his mouth says, “Feed me” (as in money).


Man named Joseph. He’s got a small camera on his head as well as a smartphone rigged in front of him.


At the end, a few buses carried runners who had to give up. The buses were quite empty though. The 36,000 runners had 7 hours to complete the marathon. Some 96% finished it.

Tokyo Marathon 2012

The old and new towers running together at Tokyo Marathon today among 36,000 runners. The red Tokyo Tower was built in 1958 and it’s now too short for broadcast antennas. The new, mega-tower Tokyo Sky Tree will be almost twice as high at 634 meters. Even before it opens in May, hordes of tourists have been visiting the tower’s foot and gawking.

ATM scam prevention poster

This is a poster near a bank’s ATM near Yokosuka. It has Yokozuna Hakuho saying, “Do not transfer money” or “Furikomanaide” in reference to the so-called “furikome sagi” (振り込め詐欺) or bank transfer fraud which has been rampant for years.

A mother or grandmother receives a call from someone disguised as a son or other close relative saying that he was involved in an accident, etc., and needs a large amount of money right away. He gives his bank account info and the mom would rush to the bank and transfer the money.

Incredible how gullible people can be. But social scientists have identified the human psychological factors which the fraudsters successfully play on victims to send money.

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