2014 TOKYO MARATHON, JAPAN: 4:56:46 (2014-02-23)

2016 TOKYO MARATHON, JAPAN: 5:23:23 (2016-02-28)


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Capital: Tokyo (35,7 million)

Population: 127,6 million

Currency: Yen (JPY)

Famous people from Japan:

Yoko Ono (artist), Ichiro Suzuki (baseball), Shinji Kagawa (soccer), Shigeru Miyamoto (scientist, video game designer)

Fun facts about Mt Fuji and Japan:

If you plan on climbing Mount Fuji the season is very short. Climbing season begins on the first day in July, and it ends in the last week of August on the 27th. This means climbing season lasts less than two months.

One of the most interesting Mount Fuji facts is that this volcanic mountain is actually three separate volcanoes, one on top of the other. The bottom layer is the Komitake volcano, then the Kofuji volcano, then Fuji, which is the youngest of the three.

There are four different writing systems in Japan: romaji, katakana, hiragana, and kanji.

Tsukiji Market in Tokyo is the world’s largest fish market and the majority of fish in the world go through here.

Japan imports about 85% of Jamaica’s total coffee production.

In Japan, it is considered impolite and inappropriate to blow your nose in public.

Japanese enjoy slurping while eating; it symbolizes that the food is delicious.

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I stayed at a capsule hotel Green Plaza (including a Japanese spa) at Shinjuku metro station, just a five-minute walk from the start. I paid less than 40 dollars a night and it was a fantastic experience!