Picking up rubbish along the street wearing One-Tooth Geta (wooden sandal) 

I sometimes work on picking up rubbish as a part of volunteer activity.

"THE SWEEPERS" is a facebook group which I started in December 2012.

Most of members are runners who enjoy running cleaning up their local parks or streets.

Some of the members finish full marathon races carrying a big plastic bag full of rubbish.

Why don't we try something good for our society?

Isn't it nice to do something eco-friendly?


Snowshoe Running

Having fun snowshoe running as a part of winter training.

I easily got hooked on it when I first tried it in 2011.

Today I wore snowshoe for the first time in 4 years.

If you love trail running, why don't you try snowshoe running?

You may feel good running on a soft surface of powdery snow.



Altra Instinct 4.0

Thanks Altra Running for offering Instinct 4.0, a brand-new model, which I am going to wear in the next trek in Europe.

ALTRA is one of my PEACE RUN sponsors since 2014.

It has already supported Running Across New Zealand(2014-2015) and Western Europe(2016).



I started working at KONANSO Villa the other day, which is a secluded mountain cottage near the peak of Mt. Kongosan(1,125m above sea level).

It's nice to run along the snowy forestry road everyday. I run along the trail about 3km(2miles) one way to the villa from the nearest bus stop.

I guess I'll work until mid-June and will get ready for the next trek PEACE RUN 2017 Running In Europe Part2.




Had my hair cut short and shaved my beard and moustache.

Felt as if I had been born again...

Have you ever heard about hair donation?


I will donate my hair to JHDAC(Japan Hair Donation & Charity).


New Kids In Town

December 2016 I moved here in Tondabayashi City, Osaka.

The City of Tondabayashi extended a warm welcome to us, me and my companies as soon as we started to live here.

We were introduced on their facebook page.

We are new kids in town and we'll be famous soon here.


Appeared On TV again

I appeared on TV on NHK, Japan's national public broadcasting organization o Friday 13th.

It was a news program called “OHAYO NIPPON(Good Morning, Japan)” and it introduced some special footwear available in Japan.

I was featured as one of the serious One-Tooth Geta(OTG) users.

Wearing 15-centimeter-OTG, I started walking and strolled around Tondabayashi including Jinaimachi, which is one of the national historic preservation districts and heritage sites of Japan.

>> http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~heritage/english.html

Former residence of the Tanaka Family(Built in 1892) was seen for a few seconds.

Also I tried jump roping with OTG on. It may be impressive for athletes. I’m sure many runners want to try on OTG.

This OTG is called “SCAPPA” which is as light as 250g, developed especially as a training tool for athletes or runners.

*One-Tooth Geta Club