Ekiden

Do You Know What the Ultimate ‘Ekiden’ or Relay Race in Japan Is?

Have you ever run long distance for days from one city to another? Do you watch relays or cross country races often? There is a Japanese term that has gotten into the English vocabulary called “ekiden (駅伝),” which was initially used to refer to stagecoaches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Now, “ekiden”…

Ekiden: Japan’s Famous Long Distance Relay Race

The Ekiden is the famous long-distance relay race in Japan and people are crazy about this winter sports event. Normally in a relay race, a baton is passed from one runner to another, but in the Ekiden, a sash replaces it instead. History of Ekiden Ekiden was born about 100 years ago in 1917, sponsored…