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The annual and 4th Tokyo Marathon was held on Feb. 28 2010 starting at 9:10 am for the runners in Shinjuku. A whopping 300,000 people applied to enter, but only 32,000 runners got in. They paid 10,000 yen each.
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I stayed at the finish line the whole day, just to see what they do here. Here's the 2010 Tokyo Marathon winner FUJIWARA Masakazu (#102) heading for the finish line.
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He is the first Japanese national to win the Tokyo Marathon. He'll also be 8 million yen richer as he collects the 1st place award money. He clocked in at 2 hr. 12 min. 19 sec. (Course record is 2:07:23)
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Fujiwara speeds to the finish line with no one else to challenge him. You can see two kimono-clad girls holding up the finish line tape.
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Coming in 2nd is FUJIWARA Arata (#12), 3rd is SATOH Atsushi (#11), and 4th place is KAWAUCHI Yuki (#117). All men. They will claim 4 million, 2 million, and 1 million yen in prize money respectively.
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Fifth place is ADACHI Tomoya (#18) for 750,000 yen in prize money.
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Finally, a foreign runner. This is Joseph Muwaniki (#146) the first foreigner to cross the finish line to come in 6th place to claim 500,000 yen in prize money. He lives in Tokyo and sponsored by a camera company.
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In 7th place at Tokyo Marathon 2010 is Rachid Kisri (#1) of Morocco. His paycheck will be 400,000 yen.
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Eighth place is KODA Takaaki (#143). He takes home 300,000 yen.
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Ninth place is Salim Kipsang (#3) who was last year's Tokyo Marathon winner. This Kenyan probably wasn't used to the freezing cold and rain (or slushy snow). He receives 200,000 yen.
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In 10th place and the last male runner to receive prize money is HASEGAWA Kiyokatsu (#149). He will receive a paltry 100,000 yen for his 2 hr. 15 min. 15-sec. run.
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The clock shows the elapsed marathon time and the time behind the winner. See the names of the top 70 runners here.
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As this runner indicates, it was a freezing-cold day. It rained all morning and we even had slushy snow at one point. But it wasn't so windy nor stormy.
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Prior to the runners' marathon. A wheelchair marathon was held for 25 entrants. They started 5 min. before the runners. The wheelchair winner receives 200,000 yen.
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Finally a woman. This is Alevtina Biktimirova, a Russian who was the first woman runner to cross the finish line and claim 8 million yen in prize money for Tokyo Marathon 2010.
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Alevtina heads for the finish as she passes by some cheerleaders. The prize money for women is the same as for men. The top three women runners were all foreigners. Five of the top ten women were foreigners.
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Lotta cheerleaders near the finish line at the 2010 Tokyo Marathon.
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Now for the costume party, my favorite part of the marathon, to get a lotta good laughs. This is a salaryman.
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Many men cross-dressed. Many of them were middle-aged even.
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Hot dog stick with mustard and ketchup.
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Parishioners from Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine in Koto Ward carry a portable shrine as the runners head for the finish.
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A normal-looking female runner.
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I saw a few honeybee costumes.
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Spectator stands near the finish line filled up in the afternoon. Strange that there was hardly anyone in the stands when the marathon winner passed by. But then, it was cold and raining.
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Gaijin with a model of Tokyo Tower on his cap.
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Pink afro
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Pikachu
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Another salaryman, but without the coat.
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Sazae-san
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Sento-kun is a boy priest with antlers on his head. Official mascot for Nara Prefecture's 1300th anniversary this year. His sash says "Nara Prefecture Representative."
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He carried this ghost.
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Mac user?
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Octopus head
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Superman. I also saw Supergirl, but couldn't get a clear shot of her.
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Kids cheerleaders.
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A running nasubi or eggplant.
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Red-nosed reindeer
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Horde of runners keep coming 4 and 5 hours after the marathon's start.
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Tiger costumes were popular since 2010 is the year of the tiger.
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Santa Claus. Maybe he's from Hokkaido where they still sing Christmas songs in Feb.
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Kids cheerleaders
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Gegege no Kitaro
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What would a marathon be without Spiderman?
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Pink cowgirl
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Hawaiian but I don't think he's Hawaiian. You'll see more Hawaiians too.
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Anpan Man
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Kendo
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Another Hawaiian with an Aloha shirt and lei
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Wow, a football player...
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Mito Komon
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Gold Man. Maybe a former stockbroker.
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Tiger
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Kids cheerleaders
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Minnie Mouse was also popular.
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Roger Rabbit?
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Panda
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Heading for the finish line.
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I wonder what country she's from.
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Another monster or ghost? Not Caspar.
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Samurai
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What's this?
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Indian
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Skinny gorilla with a big banana.
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Minnie Mouse worn by a man. Didn't see Mickey though.
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Cow
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Can you believe this guy? Playing a guitar and singing while running.
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Rabbit pair. I noticed that the age of costume players now extends to middle age. Not limited to the younger set anymore.
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Nurse
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Harem
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Isn't it dangerous to carry a sign like this??
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Winnie the Pooh
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Prime Minister Hatoyama Halloween mask.
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Another Pooh
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Ninja
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In Korean, he says, "Goheung is space." Goheung county in South Korea is where they launch rockets. They have Naro Space Center there.
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Minnie again.
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Always time to take pictures.
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Traditional (Edo Period) travelers
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Twins
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Ballerina man. He gets my Most Gross Award. He actually danced around in front of us.
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Snow White
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Minnie Mouse again.
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Pandas are popular.
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Swans
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Who's this?
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Grownup cheerleaders in the form of the Sophia University cheerleaders. Hooray!
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Sophia University cheerleaders at the 2010 Tokyo Marathon finish line.
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The rain stopped and the sun came out in the afternoon, but it was still cold. These girls didn't look cold at all. They were hot...
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They're very good. Also see my YouTube video here.
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O!!
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Mara...
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thon
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GO. There were cheerleaders performing at other points along the marathon route. Even hula dancers and belly dancers too. Maybe see them next year.
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I give him my Most Original Costume Award. He must be from Osaka. That's the Tower of the Sun sculpture by Okamoto Taro, built for Expo '70.
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Baby polar bear?
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Bananas
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Giraffe that looks pregnant.
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Entertainment even included Awa Odori.
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Pair of bees.
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Kept him warm.
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Hula girls
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Tabasco sauce. Made me laugh alright.
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Golden Globe.
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Hula girl, but a guy. At least he knows the shaka sign.
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Another Snow White, this time a Japanese one.
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Lum from Urusei Yatsura.
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I give her my Best Babe and Best Costume Awards for Tokyo Marathon 2010.1 comments
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She stood out from the rest by being so open and smiling at everyone. Her bib is on her rear.
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Momotaro
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Froggy.
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Santa Claus, Mrs. Clause and Rudolf the Red-nosed reindeer.
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Michael Jacksons, but they are all women.
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School girl taming two tigers.
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Taiko drummers also performed at the finish line all day.
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Hula ladies
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Tea pickers. Must be from Shizuoka.
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I dunno why Santa Claus is so popular in Feb. Perhaps that's the costume they wore at the Honolulu Marathon in Dec.
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Bee again. A costume shop must've had a clearance sale of bee costumes.
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I love America too.
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AED
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Friendly runner using Leopard or maybe Jaguar (Mac user).
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Tiger mask
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Worst Costume Award
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Some things I just dunno.
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Tanuki or raccoon dog.
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42 km mark.
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Tiger cap
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I thought I had seen everything, but Jesus Christ!! The cross was made of styrofoam.
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They are from Tokushima. Their happi coats also say Honolulu Marathon.
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Not a good shot, but it's taiyaki.
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Another edible head: Musubi head. It says "Emergency food." By coincidence, I did have two onigiri with me and ate them after which I warmed up.
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Yeah, proud to be American!
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They also had a short run for parent and child.
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Also near the finish was another area where they performed yosakoi soran dances by numerous groups.
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Yosakoi soran dancers at 2010 Tokyo Marathon.
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My YouTube video of the entertainment at Tokyo Marathon finish line in 2010.
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They gave quite a show.
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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