01 June 2010 ~ 7 Comments

Japan Derby

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.


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7 Responses to “Japan Derby”

  1. supreme nothing 1 June 2010 at 9:01 pm Permalink

    Great pics! It looks like you had a fun time, but I bet it's even more fun if you win. 🙂

    Too bad the Western tradition of ladies wearing elaborate oversize hats at horse races doesn't seem to be in effect here. It would be fun to see what sort of giant hats the Japanese could create!

  2. Locohama 1 June 2010 at 11:17 pm Permalink

    Thanks Supreme! Yeah it was a blast…yeah i wouldhave a dug the hats too. Or Eliza Doolittle shouting "Move your blooming arse!" lol

  3. Ru 2 June 2010 at 7:57 am Permalink

    Loco, O’su! Recent discoverer of your website and instant convert. Back in the motherland after a 5 year soujourn in Sapporo so it’s awesome to continue living the dream again vicariously through you and your astonishingly high caliber writing (seriously, your shit amazes me). Keep up the great work brotherman and looking forward to future escapades!

    • Locohama 2 June 2010 at 9:53 pm Permalink

      Hey Ru! Wow, thnaks for the kudos yo! Comments like these fuel the juices and how. I appreciate it!

  4. Chris B 3 June 2010 at 7:44 pm Permalink

    I've heard that's the biggest screen of it's kind. It was back when Neil Ducket did a post about a visit 2 years ago so someone has probably beat it but that is definitely a BIG fucking screen!!

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