– Midnight Runners Tokyo (MRT) – running crew
– Via Global Voices
– MRT website
Running is not something people usually associate with night-life or sub-cultures, but the members of the group Midnight Runners Tokyo (MRT) do. They have been hitting the streets of Tokyo at the dead of night on weekends; a time when the idea of running would be unthinkable to many people. They see night running as culture in the making, rather than a sport.
MRT is intended to be a trend for modern Japan that will lead to a running counterculture. Its attractiveness does not come from its style or looks, but simply from the state of being free, so it will spread a kind of hippie-mentality for the 21st century. The point is to express the idea of “being free” through running.
Read more about the MRT running crew and night running as an emerging sub-culture on Global Voices.