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Japan's runners need a change of pace

May 16, 2015

Japan's runners need a change of pace

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In “The Way of the Runner,” Adharanand Finn has written an entertaining account of Japan’s obsession with long-distance running (and training). However, the problem is when he veers off the running track into the land of cliche. Consider this: Finn writes that bread only ...

Marathon Japan

May 16, 2015

Marathon Japan

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Thomas R.H. Havens warns us early in “Marathon Japan” that “the emphasis is on sports history, not the anthropology of running communities or body culture.” What this means is that, for the most part, in place of analysis and interpretation we get facts, and ...