THE WAY OF THE RUNNER ~ A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running
Book review and technical detail THE WAY OF THE RUNNER ~ A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running Adharanand Finn
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|Title||THE WAY OF THE RUNNER ~ A Journey into the Fabled World of Japanese Running|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Guardian editor and abecedarian agent Finn marks his additional anchored acquaintance with ambit racers.In the first, Running with the Kenyans (2012), the columnist accomplished in a country acclaimed for active abilities in every accepted aggressive event. But Japan, it turns out, is alike added ardent with running; as he writes, if every above chase seems to be “won by a acutely amaranthine assumption of superfast Kenyans and Ethiopians,” the Japanese are “at atomic putting up a fight.” Unlike everywhere abroad on the planet, it seems, Japanese towns and companies action runners aggregation positions and salaries, acceptance them to breed the abilities of ekiden full-time. Finn, advancing 40 as he writes, takes a George Plimpton–esque tack and runs alongside them, admitting he finds that the apple of Japanese active is alone in the acute and the alertness of coaches and runners to bald their souls to him pretty able-bodied nonexistent. Finn explores the abode of active in Japanese culture, demography aberrant looks at some of its expressions—one is literary, begin in the assignment of Haruki Murakami, a active fanatic. It’s a admirable adventure, and it’s not adopted at all to allegorize it to one of Plimpton’s escapades, alike if Finn seems to be a bigger agent than Plimpton was a football player. Added than actuality a abysmal look into a sport—though it is absolutely that—the book is a active travelogue and a delineation of a ability that does not accord up its secrets easily. “For Hatsuyume,” he writes of a assertive holiday, “it is advised a acceptable augury to dream of Mount Fuji, forth with an hawkeye and an aubergine. I’m not abiding area those aftermost two appear in, but appropriate here, in its abounding glory, beyond the lake, is Mount Fuji….It brings a abstracted affection to the accomplishment of the race. It’s no admiration bodies are crying.” An elegant, well-written amusement alike for readers with no accurate absorption in bottom racing.
Welcome to Japan, the most running-obsessed nation on earth, and home to a unique running culture unlike anything Adharanand Finn, author of Running with the Kenyans, has even experienced. It may come as a surprise to many people, but Japan is the most running-obsessed country on earth. A 135-mile relay race, or "ekiden" is the country's biggest annual sporting event. Thousands of professional runners compete for corporate teams in some of the most competitive races in the world. The legendary "marathon monks" run a thousand marathons in a thousand days to reach spiritual enlightenment. Yet so much of Japan's running culture remains a mystery to the outside world, on par with many of the unique aspects of contemporary Japan. Adharanand Finn, the award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans, spent six months immersed in this one of a kind running culture to discover what it might teach us about the sport and about Japan. As an amateur runner about to turn 40, he also hoped to find out whether a Japanese approach to training might help him run faster. What he learns―about competition, team work, form, chasing personal bests, and about himself―will fascinate and surprise anyone keen to explore why we run and how we might do it better.
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