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Weekly Column Kanda This and That 309

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ReleaseMarch 7, 2019

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The Tokyo Marathon was held last Sunday, which was a cold day. There was a cold rain from morning, so I was hesitant to go for cheering. But, when I saw the top group arriving in Jinbocho on TV, I felt that I should go. So, I took off, heading on Chuo-dori Street in front of Kanda Station. Soon after, the top group of runners came. They were so fast! And their running form, like the action of a spring, was so beautiful! It was the real beauty of an ultimately trained body!

Then, I saw recreation runners appearing and some went off the road and turned at the corner of Doutor Coffee shop. They were heading to outdoor lavatories set up in the old Imagawa Junior High School. The number of runners who went to the lavatories was obviously a few times more than last year. I guess their body got cold because of the rain. When I saw the school yard around 10:30, there were about 70 runners lined up for about 10 lavatories. It was only at about the 9 km point from the start. What a loss of time. I wonder how they could get to the goal within the time limit. I guess a lavatory issue is more important than actual running.

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*The information herein is as of March 2019.


Writer:Fumiko Ogawa


The wife of a couple who run a bakery near Kanda Station, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. She writes mainly about everyday and miscellaneous matters that happen around her and also in her neighborhood. She distributes her writings as "Weekly Column Kanda This and That" to the shop's customers and they are very popular. She is from Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture.