More than 120 waiters have taken part in this year's Waiters' Race Japan, held in Yokohama on Monday.
Contestants had to run
down a 300m (985ft) course, balancing trays of glasses and bottles
filled with water. The winning waiter in the individual race, Kento
Sasamoto, took just 49 seconds.
Hundreds turned up to watch the
race, which originally began in Paris in the 1930s as a way to boost the
profile of the profession.
Organisers say they hope to organise a World Waiters' Race ahead on the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020.