Running With The Glico Man

In Dotonbori, Osaka, the Glico Running Man is an iconic landmark. I swear, you can type in “Glico Man” on the Google Maps app and it will take you right to the bridge where you can pose and run alongside the Glico Man. Weirdly enough, when I finally came face to face with the infamous runner, I couldn’t help but feel giddy and excited that I finally got to meet him despite it being a fictional character which represents a snack brand. I kept hassling my dad that we just had  to take a photo with him and he didn’t get it. I explained to him that he is an iconic character which people take photos with and how he also represents positivity as he keeps on running towards his goals. He is a symbol of hope to me…and he’s just a freaking dude on a billboard. I don’t understand my own infatuation with him, but I ended up spending a day running with the Glico Man, decked out in a shirt and all.

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Running with the Glico Man in front of the Glico Man sign
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Running with the Glico Man in front of the Glico Store
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Running with the Glico Man in front of a Glico vending machine
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Running with the Glico Man on a train next to two sleeping commuters
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Running with the Glico Man and the train
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Running with the Glico Man on the train (while lolo in the back judges me)
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Running with the Glico Man at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto
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Running with the Glico Man and Santa in front of Christmas hotel (na medj sketch tbh)
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Running with the Glico Man in monochrome

♡ Aryanna


Glico Man shirt from Little Osaka in Dotonbori, Forever 21 jacket and skirt, Onitsuka Tiger shoes, Zara backpack

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Photographs by Tom Epperson

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