Sunday, May 30, 2021


    Since Tokyo Olympic-torch relay was expected on the street in front of my cafe, many police men and people from town hall were taking elaborate security measures in preparation for the runners. They said that the first runner would start at Taga-taisha station at 4 p.m.and relay the torch with six people to Taga town hall in about 800 meters (0.5 miles). It must be very short for the runners. I used to watch the Boston Marathon on the roadside every year when I was in Boston, but this event was very different from it. I was standing in front of the cafe to cheer for the runners. The number of spectators increased in less than an hour and many of them were holding small Japanese flags. Since I couldn't find the person who was distributing the flag, I brought a Japanese flag from my house which was much bigger. I thought it stood out from a distance and must have been a little embarrassing but I didn't mind much. What a stalwart heart! The torch runner passed in front of me with a big smile, but it was regrettable that I couldn't get information about the runner even though I asked the person from town hall.