Monthly Archives: March 2017

Japan Journal: Race Day

Ojiyama Stadium, Otsu, Japan — Start of the Biwako Mainichi Marathon — March 5, 2017 In the audio, you can hear me say that 77 seconds (for the first 400) is “2:12:30 pace…” It is actually about 2:14:30 pace. This miscalculation had … Continue reading

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Japan Journal: Final Preparations

Elite athlete interviews prior to Saturday’s technical meeting for foreign athletes I suspect that some of my readers — those who have patiently endured my travelogue so far — have not been distracted, nor have they forgotten that the reason I … Continue reading

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Japan Journal: Tōkyō

Panoramic view of Tokyo from Tokyo Skytree (Wikipedia) In retrospect, I’m really glad I decided to purchase a Japan rail pass. That document, which is sold only to foreign tourists on temporary visits to the country, offers nearly unlimited travel on … Continue reading

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Japan Journal: Kyōtō

Gate at Nishi Hongan-ji temple, central Kyoto Ah, Kyoto, city of temples and trains, ancient capital city and elegant modern metropolis, surrounded on three sides by mountains and monks; home to three million strangers and Samaritan to one stressed-out American … Continue reading

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Japan Journal: Hiroshima

The former Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall, designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel, and completed in April 1915. The shell of the building is now known as “The Atomic Dome.”

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Japan Journal: Runs and Workouts

The morning sun shines in Otsu. (The sign says: “In case of emergency, break through here and you can evacuate next door.”) Friday, February 24 – finally, the sun came up bright and much more cheerful in Otsu. From the … Continue reading

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Japan Journal: Arriving in Otsu

Finding my way through the narrow streets of Otsu. In Japanese, there is a word — “semai” (狭い) – that means narrow, small, or confined, as in “a confined space,” “a narrow road,” etc. When I studied Japanese, I remember … Continue reading

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