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The TOKYO YAMATHON is a unique charity fundraising event in which participants are challenged to visit all stations of the JR Yamanote Line within 12 hours on foot. The event is organized by Oxfam Japan International Volunteer Group (IVG), an organization formed by volunteers of foreign residents in Japan to support Oxfam Japan for its activities against world poverty.

Originally founded in the United Kingdom in 1942, Oxfam is an international confederation working together in over 90 countries and with partners and allies around the world to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Today, the organization is based in 17 countries and regions including Japan. Oxfam Japan's main role is to deliver donations from Japan to recipients around the world and also to advocate the importance of the Japanese government and its citizens in raising their voices so that poverty issues can be solved.


IVG is a volunteer group under Oxfam Japan and has been active in fundraising efforts. The group plans a variety of charity events, including the YAMATHON, where they collect donations to be contributed to help the operation of Oxfam Japan. At the TOKYO YAMATHON, 6,000 yen out of the 7,000 yen registration fee for each team will be donated to Oxfam Japan and will be used to help people in poor communities around the world fight against poverty. At the last YAMATHON in November 2011, a total of 318 people from 86 teams joined the event, successfully raising about 600,000 yen.


At the YAMATHON event, each team of 3 to 4 participants leaves Harajuku Station early morning and tries to return to Harajuku within 12 hours after passing through all other 28 stations along the loop of the JR Yamanote Line on foot. Courses are not limited and are totally up to each team, which requires the team and its members to navigate themselves through maze-like streets in Tokyo by making the best use of their physical strength and teamwork. While the IVG's daily operation is handled in English, the walkathon will be accompanied by Japanese interpreters to encourage the participation of Japanese teams with concerns of English skills. Bring friends and enjoy together a walk and spring view of central Tokyo, while taking part in the international efforts to reduce poverty. The next TOKYO YAMATHON is scheduled on April 21 (Saturday), 2012. The registration for the event will be open until 9PM on April 15 (Sun.), 2012 at the event official website below.
TOKYO YAMATHON official website:

Oxfam Trailwalker is a challenging endurance fundraising event in which teams of 4 complete 100km trail through bush terrain in 48hours. Oxfam Trailwalker is a growing global phenomenon and attracts a number of trekking fans from all over the world. In 2012, Oxfam Trailwalker Japan starts from Odawara on May 11 and finishes at Lake Yamanaka (near Mt. Fuji) on May 13. Many Tokyo Yamathon participants will join the big event and Oxfam Japan is currently looking for both participants and volunteer staff for the world's greatest team challenge to overcome poverty and injustice!
Oxfam Japan official website (in English):