One of my co-workers, a horse lover, invited me to go see a horse race with him and his friends, surprising the hell out of me. I guess I shouldn’t have been. I mean, we’ve been working together for over three years, now. But, he has never done anything even approaching this kind of camaraderie. It almost made me suspicious. But, I agreed nonetheless.
And, I’m so glad I did!
And, it wasn’t just a horse-race…it was the horse-race: The Nippon Yushun (The Japan Derby). The Japanese equivalent of the Kentucky Derby in the States.
Once you’ve crossed the enclosed bridge connecting Fuchu Hon-machi Station to the Tokyo Keiba jyo (Tokyo racetrack) you’re struck by the amount of life crammed into this racetrack. This being the biggest race of the year, yeah, it was kinda crowded. But I snapped a few shots anyway.
My horse didn’t win but I had a wonderful time. I got a huge adrenalin kick out of the energy generated in the betting areas and out in the stands. And I have this feeling I’ll be back for more.