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Japan's runners need a change of pace

Books / Reviews May 16, 2015

Japan's runners need a change of pace

by J.J. O'Donoghue

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

Books / Reviews May 16, 2015

Marathon Japan

by David Cozy

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 ...

Relay races proliferate as jogging catches on

National Apr 27, 2014

Relay races proliferate as jogging catches on

by Junji Yamaguchi

The long-distance relay races called "ekiden" are growing on the back of the jogging boom, providing opportunities to run for recreation or bond with fellow employees. Sportsone Co., a sporting event organizer in Tokyo, hosts 25-km ekiden races for teams of co-workers consisting of five ...