Got the news today that I was successful in my application to run in the November 17th 2013 Kobe marathon. Nothing like a big city marathon to get the juices flowing and Kobe is the spiritual home of running in Japan. The prefecture "Hyogo" where Kobe is the capital city always puts on the best organized races. Every time I run here I'm impressed by this!
I suppose you shouldn't expect less from the home of ASICS (See below).