Rickshaw Tour in Asakusa, Japan
4 Jun 2013 | From Isabel Reyes of Philippines
Isabel, a friend and former colleague, gave me this postcard as souvenir from her recent business trip to Japan.
A pulled rickshaw (or ricksha) is a mode of human-powered transport by which a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two persons.
Rickshaws are commonly believed to have been invented in Japan in the 1860s, at the beginning of a rapid period of technical advancement. In the 19th century, rickshaw pulling became an inexpensive, popular mode of transportation across Asia.