The Echigo Ultra is an ultramarathon I created in the wake of another trail race in Niigata being canceled unnecessarily and unexpectedly due to fear.
This DIY race presented a great opportunity for me to showcase some of the beauty of Niigata (the region formerly known as “Echigo”) in the fall, and challenge myself to run farther than I ever had before. It was also a chance to ask a central question to those I met on the way: “What’s the most important thing in life?”
While the concept, distance, and outcome of this race went through some large and (sometimes unplanned) evolutions and changes, in the end it was a wonderful experience. Running technique-wise. Introspection-wise. Building-up-more-mental-and-physical-endurance-than-you-had-before…wise.
Lots of planning, support from those closest to me, and many little serendipitous things — and difficult challenges — made the first ever Echigo Ultra a 61-miler like no other.
There is no new normal. There is only old weird, and it is always fresh. It’s the future. Check out Voluntary Japan’s latest DIY event in partnership with the great and inspiring Ken Pence, and take a time machine to a retro future present, where events that bring joy are not canceled over psy-op mass hysteria bullshit, and community, family, joy, fun, dancing, singing, working, playing, and individual freedom still matter most, and are pinnacle.
Being as most marathons and festivals here in Japan are canceled now, we decided to run down Niigata’s picturesque Sasagawa Nagare coastline and take it all in. Sights, sounds, smells, food, drink, conversation with folks along the way. In other words, you can’t cancel a decentralized, DIY event so easy.
Running for peace. Running for EatBCH, a charity that uses bitcoin cash to feed people that need food in South Sudan and Venezuela. Running just to run.
How to find treasure in the time of the crown virus and mass hysteria/fear.
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DISCLAIMER: Peaceful agorism can and has been routinely met with severe violence, kidnapping, and even murder at the hands of state agents and officials. It’s up to individuals and individuals alone to choose how they wish to live and the amount of freedom to embody, or slavery they will tolerate. This video is an artistic expression meant to empower the viewer and provoke thought and voluntary, non-violent action.
Watching the videos of the riots from the states. Noticing in surprised fashion there is suddenly also anti-racism demonstration and protest in the streets of Tokyo. It seems orchestrated at some foundational level. A Kurdish dude was roughed up in the streets by two pigs telling him to shut up, and choking him a bit. The news media latched on to it, and a little over a week later there’s a 200 person march in Shibuya, with police escorts. Signs like “Fuck the police” and “No Justice, No Peace” could be found.
That may not seem like anything on the surface, but cops have been harassing this and that foreigner here for a long time. Now, the media suddenly latches on, pumps it and there’s copycat outrage even in docile and timid Tokyo? Another thing: immediately the covid-19 story doesn’t seem to matter so much to the MSM narrative. Same shit that is happening in the states, if on a yet much smaller scale.
Here, the pirate summer (of agorism, doing what you want, and staying happy) rages on. Ran 16 miles across the Echigo rice plain with a friend yesterday. Sore enough today. A beautiful run with the sun blazing. Hit the hot spring afterward which was great, as usual, but upon entering the relaxation space to sprawl out on the tatami flooring and have an ice cold beer, I’m confronted with western style tables for four, with a plexiglass divider in the middle.
That corona hysteria bullshit, destroying culture. Instead of dining and conversing like it was a prison visit, we left, and opted for a ramen shop with none of that goddamned idiocy.
We’ve busted out the pool here at the anarchy shack as well. And are working as usual on enjoying life and preparing for whatever madness this psyop within a psyop within a psyop may bring our way.
Blessings to all who are fighting for peace, and staying sane in this madness. As far as the state’s next move, it looks like several groups are going to be lumped in with the now-officially-to-be-labeled-terrorist Antifa. Voluntaryists are gonna be tracked, monitored, harassed and considered in similar fashion.
It’s time to decide what’s worth fighting for, and the best way to survive, thrive, defend freedom, and leave a better future for our children, or at least leave an example of what it is to be human — to have a spine, heart, spirit and mind — and to use them.
A life as a controlled slave ain’t worth living, anyway.
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