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Exhibiting Japan’s Running Culture Through Tokyo Marathon 2019

by On Mar 12, 2019

“My approach to creating imagery for documentary work is through meticulous fine arts vision with a true sense for reportage photography.” - Thaddeus Buenaventura

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture Through Tokyo Marathon 2019

The Japan running culture is going strong inspired by athletes aiming for record breaking victories in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 4-day festival displayed the exceptional approach and planning by the Tokyo Marathon Foundation with their supporting organisations and partners.

Due to the influx of participants over the years the organiser increased the marathon capacity by 2,000 entrants, accepting up to 37,500 runners for the marathon and 500 runners for 10km this year. The Boston Marathon event in comparison, attracts an average of about 30,000 registered participants each year.

Despite the weather being less than stellar for a race - Japanese residents, travellers, and athletes around the world converged for the opening ceremony at a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, known as Odaiba.

Race pack pick-up is mesmerising courtesy of Futuristic Yurikamome transportation, Gundam robot sighting, and bold architectural creations around the island. It was also in Odaiba, where the Family Run and Friendship Run was held on 2nd March, culminating with another rainy weather on the day of the marathon.

The following series of photos exhibits the passion of not only participating athletes, but of the many lives of ordinary people with different culture, occupations and lifestyles. The spirit of the marathon is alive to inspire each other to unite as one to form the Tokyo Marathon.

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture Through Tokyo Marathon 2019

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

Umbrellas and raincoats were part of this year's attire during the Tokyo Marathon 2019

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

Uniting as one in Japan - Family and Friendship Run 2019

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

Japan, Family Run

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

Strong Family, Run Together

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

Thank you, Dad

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

Let's Finish Together

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

Courageous with you

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

Build me up

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

No matter what it takes

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

I am a spectator, I am supportive.

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

My beloved Hat

Exhibiting Japan's Running Culture through Tokyo Marathon 2019

I AM WITH YOU

We hope these photos can transfer the exciting atmosphere to you. What's the first thought that comes to your mind when you saw these beautiful photographs. Share with us in the comments below.

Thaddeus Buenaventura is an American artist. A still and video documentarian. He documents stories and events around the world to inform, inspire and influence. By grace, he is able to capture the light and darkness of life through his viewfinder in a complex, dynamic and evolving times.

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