Tokyo Marathon and spring beer

26 Feb

The 2012 Tokyo Marathon was held today.

Twenty-nine year old Michael Kipyego of Kenya, Africa came in first place with a time of 2 hrs 07.37 seconds.
藤原新 (Arata Fujiwara) came in second just a few hundredths of a seconds later.

Arata Fujiwara of Japan and Michael Kipyego of Kenya show their silver and gold medals, respectively.

I don’t enjoy running…or even jogging, for that matter. So I can’t imagine running a 42 kilometer (26.22 miles) marathon!

Do you like to run or jog? Have you ever run a marathon? The Tokyo Marathon?

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Now that it’s getting closer to the end of winter and 花見 (“Cherry Blossom Viewing”) season will be here before long, many Japanese brewers have begun selling beers in cans decorated with 桜 (Cherry Blossoms).

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12 Responses to “Tokyo Marathon and spring beer”

  1. joe April 7, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    Kitty Beer? I remember drinking it on the plane… I had Eighteen of them… Reminded me of PBR!

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    • tokyo5 April 8, 2012 at 2:17 am #

      >Kitty Beer?

      There’s no mention of such a thing in this post! The picture is of Kirin Beer with pictures of Sakura on the can.

      But…Joe, you many be interested in Ultraman Cider.

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  2. musings February 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I’m hoping and hoping that we’ll be able to do the hanami in a few weeks when we’re in Tokyo.

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    • tokyo5 February 28, 2012 at 12:29 am #

      >hoping…to do the hanami in a few weeks when we’re in Tokyo.

      When will you be in Tokyo? The 桜 (cherry-blossoms) should bloom in Tokyo in late March / early April.

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  3. Rurousha February 27, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Walking, yes. Hiking, oh yes. Running, no.

    Happy that my continent’s athletes dominated the race. There’s one thing Africa does better than anybody else, and that’s long-distance running. (Let’s not be cynical and add “killing”.)

    Beer? Ummm. Can I have champagne instead? 🙂

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    • tokyo5 February 28, 2012 at 12:25 am #

      >Hiking, oh yes.

      I like hiking too.

      >There’s one thing Africa does better than anybody else, and that’s long-distance running.

      Yes, it seems that Africans and Japanese are good at running marathons (as seen by the results of the Tokyo Marathon having an African and a Japanese come in first and second place, respectively.)

      >Beer? Ummm. Can I have champagne instead?

      Sure. You don’t have to drink beer (leaves more for me! 😉 )

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  4. Jon February 27, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    That was a close race. I don’t enjoy running myself so I will never do a marathon. I prefer cycling.

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    • tokyo5 February 28, 2012 at 12:20 am #

      >That was a close race.

      Did you watch it on TV? (Is the Tokyo Marathon shown on TV in America?)

      >I prefer cycling.

      Me, too.

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  5. bartman905 February 27, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    In this blog post, you can choose between running and beer. Easy choice for me … beer … FTW! 🙂

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    • tokyo5 February 27, 2012 at 12:35 am #

      >Easy choice for me … beer

      Of course! 🙂

      >FTW!

      I had to Google that acronym…because I suspected you didn’t intend it to have the meaning I was thinking.
      And sure enough, the internet says the meaning of “FTW” has changed from what it meant when I was a teenager. 😉

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  6. cocomino February 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    I prefer 花見 but I don’t dislike jogging and watching marathon.
    Tokyo marathon sounds fun because the runner can see various tourist spots.

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    • tokyo5 February 26, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      >I prefer 花見

      I like cherry-blossom viewing too.
      But I like beer more! 😉

      >I don’t dislike jogging

      Do you jog often? It’s good exercise…but I don’t like it.
      I do like bicycling and walking, though.

      >(I don’t dislike) watching marathon.

      I like to watch marathons sometimes. I watched a lot of the Tokyo Marathon on TV today.
      But I don’t want to run one!

      >Tokyo marathon sounds fun because the runner can see various tourist spots.

      The marathon route does go past many of Tokyo’s main tourist areas…but can the runners enjoy the view while they’re in the marathon?

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