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Running in a fancy dress: the 23rd Yoshikawa cup (Ekiden)

The Yoshikawa Cup (Ekiden Taikai), a traditional annual relay race at NAIST to deepen the friendship among students and staff, was held on November 1 for the 23rd time.

With the rising popularity of Halloween in Japan, the number of groups who run the course in disguise has steadily increased. Not only the fastest teams, but also the teams with the best costumes receive prizes. A wide variety of costumes is made every year and presented in the crowd before the opening of the event.

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Attendees pose together and take pictures of each other to great merriment. Popular themes include sushi, Pokemon, TV characters, cross-dressing and presidents.

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The president decided to lose weight by splitting into a team of presidents.

In good weather and health, the race started.

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Even in disguise, the teams were fast, with some teams putting up a great performance.

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Waldo finally found Waldo.
This Nintendo Switch group costume turned out difficult, as all three components had to run the course together.
This Nintendo Switch group costume turned out difficult, as all three components had to run the course together.

After the race, participants attended a social gathering, where they could bond and celebrate each other’s efforts.

imag1623There are not many opportunities to have special costumes on campus (outside of the Halloween parties), so students treasure the experience. How about participating next year? You might make new friends!

Umetsu is a M1 student of NAIST and he is a member of UBI-Lab. (http://ubi-lab.naist.jp/). His research interests are in the areas of activity recognition using various sensors. He likes art and music.

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