I wonder when it started. When did the number of people running in the city increase? There have always been people who run, but I don't think there were as many as there are now.
According to the Sasakawa Sports Foundation survey, jog or run people has certainly increased in the past 20 years. The percentage of jog or run people at least once a year has increased from 6.9% in 1998 to 9.3% in 2018. This is in contrast to the baseball population, which has declined over the last two decades. One reason for this is that running and walking require no space or equipment and are easy to do. At the same time, I wonder if one of the reasons is that people have less money to spend on leisure time.
When I arrived at the Olympic Park in Komazawa, Tokyo, I saw a path stretching out under an overpass. There are cycling, running, and walking lanes side by side, with the middle one being for running. There were not many people on the walking and cycling lanes, but the running lane was crowded. I thought it was a typical Japanese scene that most of the people were running in the designated lanes even when the other lanes were empty.
|Jul 2021 PEOPLE TOKYO|
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