2015年02月25日

Tokyo Marathon, started in 2007, is one of the six World Marathon Majors, and is annually held in February or March.

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Once, there were three big marathon events in Tokyo, Tokyo International Marathon and Tokyo International Women's Marathon for elite runners, and Tokyo City Road Race for a citizen as well as handicapped person. These three marathons were combined into Tokyo Marathon in 2007, as one of the largest marathons in the world. The course is from Tokyo Metroporitan Government Building in Shinjuku to Tokyo Big Site in Ariake, Koto-ku, by way of well-known sightseeing spots in Tokyo, such as the Imperial Palace, Ginza and Asakusa. More than 30 thousand runners attend this big race. World's top-ranking runners, inside and outside the country, are invited to this race as shown in the first picture. As shown in the second picture, citizen runners, regardless of nationality, are chosen by lottery though, the competition rate has become higher from year to year. The latest rate was higher than 10 times.
In this connection, anyone can attend this race if he or she donates more than 100 thousand yen to the authority.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2015年01月26日

There are many schools of 'Kyujutsu' or 'Kyudo' Japanese archery, one of the leading military arts ranked with 'Kendo' or 'Kenjutsu' Japanese swordmanship.

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Japaneese archery 'Kyujutsu' or 'Kyudo', needless to say, stems from a weapon, and it had largely developed since the 13th century, when 'samurai' warrior became a de facto ruler of Japan. 'Yabusame' the art of shoooting arrows on horseback at 'Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine' in Kamakura is a faithful trace of the day.
In the 16th century, after the introduction of firearms to Japan, the role of bow as a weapon came to an end. Then, archery took root as a way of training of the mind and body in Edo period in the 17th-19th century. Because the firearms were regarded as the weapons for low-ranking samurai or ninja, middle-ranking as well as high-ranking samurai spent all their time practicing archery and riding.
The picture shows Japanese archery of 'Ogasawara' school, a representative school based on a traditional form and manners.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2011年03月07日

'Judo', invented by Dr.Kano Jigoro, was born at 'Kodo-kan' built in the precincts of 'Eisho-ji' temple late in the 19th century.

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Dr.Kano Jigoro, who was constitutionally weak, was eagerly involved in Japan's native martial art 'Jujutsu', hoping to be stronger. Through this effort, he created a new combat sport 'Judo', exerting his own originality and ingenuity on old 'Jujutsu'. The picture shows the original place of 'Kodo-kan', where he started the first 'Judo' training. After that, 'Kodo-kan' moved to the present location , Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, however there stands a memorial stone indicating the original place in the grounds of 'Eisho-ji' temple near Ueno and Asakusa. Today's 'Judo', very well known throughout the world and has been included as an event at the Olympics, first saw the light of day at the tiny place in the picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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