I’m not doing a greatest hits this week because the greatest thing I did was participate in the Yamathon on Saturday. The Yamathon is a walking marathon for charity. The key element is walking around the entire Yamanote train line, which essentially circles Tokyo. It’s around 4okms (~25 miles). Check out the webpage here for more information.
Each team participating either had three or four people. My team had three but we were with other teams of JETs so in truth we had a group of about 15. That’s a tough amount of people to move around the city in an orderly fashion. In the end, myself and two others defected from the large group to move a little faster. It was so cold and it was raining; I couldn’t handle the slow pace. So my new “fast” team moved at a speed that kept me warm and allowed us to finish a little over 30 minutes before the other team, which in the end doesn’t seem like much at all, but at the time moving faster definitely saved me!
Anyway, here are the pictures from our brief stops at all 29 stations.
Harajuku station–clearly our first stop. We still had the ability to jump.
Shinjuku Station–the busiest train station in the world!
Takadanobaba Stataion–clearly the station with the BEST name
Nishi-Nippori Station–obviously were are pointing to our knees…
Nippori Station–and clearly these are video games poses (I’m Mario jumping up to hit a ? box)
Ueno Station–where things started to go downhill due to the rain.
Okachimachi Station–a little more cheerful here since my teammates bought umbrellas.
Yurakucho Station–a sad moment. This is the last picture taken with my official team 😦
Shimbashi Station–here I am with one of my new super fast walking teammates.
SHIBUYA STATION!!!! The final stop!!!
We waited for our other teammates to finish…
…although in total four members completely quit. Sad! (Although one sprained her ankle!)
And it only took us about 13 hours to complete the whole thing! YAY!