Sunday, April 11, 2010

Kyōto Rickshaw

Jinrikisha, or 'human-powered vehicle,' are a nostalgic means of transport popular with tourists in the Kyōto temple districts and Kamakura. Once a job largely for downtrodden types, rickshaw (as they are known in english) drivers are now themselves an attraction. The healthy and fit young men transport people, are tour guides and seem happy to take a snapshot for you complete with witty commentary. These fellows and their human-powered rides remind me of the cycle cabs that have gained popularity in large cities all over the world, which also (usually) have a sportive hipster at the pedals.

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