With a reputation for horrible weather conditions and a forecast of rain in the days leading up to it, the Tokyo Marathon surprised this year with clear, sunny skies. If anything, it was too warm, as temperatures climbed to 18C/64F. 24 Nambanners took to the streets of the capital, packed with 30,000 runners and who knows how many spectators. Our numbers were down by about half this year, as 300,000 applicants made getting a spot much less likely. The Namban cheering troop was also out in force, with several groups criss-crossing the city to lend support in various spots.