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Way to Tokyo Big Sight. It was a warm, sunny day on Feb. 27, 2011 in Tokyo. Unlike the year before when it was cold and rainy.
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Entertainment stage near Tokyo Big Sight.
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Tokyo Big Sight directions to spectator stands near the finish line.
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Tokyo Big Sight exit.
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Soejima Masazumi is the 1st place winner of the wheelchair race which started at 9:05 am in Shinjuku.
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Various muscical entertainment was held at two areas near the finish line. This was the largest entertainment area. A high school band kicked off the entertainment here.
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Finish line entertainment at Tokyo Big Sight started with a marching band from a local junior high and high school. かえつ有明中・高等学校  マーチングバンドESTEAM
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The 2011 Tokyo Marathon winner, MEKONNEN Hailu from Ethiopia wins the marathon with a time of 2:07:35.
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2nd place is BIWOTT Paul from Kenya.
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Thw 2011 Tokyo Marathon's 3rd place winner is KAWAUCHI Yuki from Saitama. He's also the top Japanese winner.
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KAWAUCHI Yuki collapsed after crossing the finish line. But he went back to work at his school the next day.
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Finish line.
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LIMO Felix from Kenya is 6th place.
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7th place is KODA Takaaki and the 2nd place Japanese.
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Finally the women's 1st place winner in ARYASOVA Tatiana from Russia.
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ARYASOVA Tatiana
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2nd place women's winner HIGUCHI Noriko.
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Hot dog stick, complete with ketchup and mustard.
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Donald Duck
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Cow
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Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine mikoshi bearers. The shrine is well-known in Koto Ward where Tokyo Big Sight is. 富岡八幡宮神輿総代連合会
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Taiko drummers for the portable shrine.
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Wasshoi!
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Black Spider-man
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Mt. Fuji
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Lots of cross dressers this year. A fairy?
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Pikachu
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Nurse costumes appear every year.
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A few Darth Vaders were running too.
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Uncle Sam
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"Getting married on March 10!" Good luck to you.
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I wonder how heavy the backpack is.
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Spider-man.
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2011 being the year of the rabbit, we saw a lotta bunny costumes.
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Nemo
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Snow White (male).
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One-eyed Gege no Kitaro.
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Santa Claus.
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Italian running barefoot.
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Daruma head
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Triplets
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Clown
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Crab (kani)
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Musubi head.
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Pandas are popular, especially this year when a pair of giant pandas from China will be in Ueno Zoo.
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Rabbit costumes were also popular since 2011 is the year of the rabbit.
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Captain of Thunderbird 1 (or maybe 2).
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Winnie the Pooh
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Okinawan taiko drummer
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Dance performers cheer on the runners as they wait their turn to perform.
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Tokyo Yosakoi dancers. 東京よさこい
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New Year's kagami-mochi.
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Reindeer.
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Musubi head
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Batman
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Taiyaki
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Tiger Mask
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Lotta runners brought along a camera.
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Actually kinda dangerous to stop and shoot.
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Dancers
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Somehow these bunnies look sinister. The kind of costume bank robbers would use.
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From Osaka
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Tax man
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Watermelon head
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Asakusa Kaminarimon paper lantern.
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Tokyo Yosakoi dancers. 東京よさこい
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Oh yeah...
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Tokyo Yosakoi dancers. 東京よさこい
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Karate
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Best Costume of the day.
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Nasubi (eggplant) pair
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Jellyfish?
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Bottle of sake
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Pair look
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Mayonnaise
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Penguin
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Momotaro
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Superman
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Tokyo Tower
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Banana Man
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From 2:20 pm, a samba group called G.R.E.S. Festanca performed.
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Mikoshi head
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Samba group called G.R.E.S. Festanca at Tokyo Marathon.
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Kyushu shinkansen
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Samba dancers at Tokyo Marathon.
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Another great costume.
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How Japanese can you get?
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Panda head. She was on TV.
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Hiko-nyan from Hikone, Shiga Prefecture. A helmeted samurai cat at 2011 Tokyo Marathon.
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Cheerleader
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Anpan Man, the head is a lamp shade. Great costume.
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Roller skating group entertained. 東京都ローラースポーツ連盟
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Captain America
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My YouTube video of 2011 Tokyo Marathon.
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Toyko Big Sight is crowded with people waiting for runners.
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