Rickshaws appeared in Japan at the beginning of the Meiji era, around 1868, and they quickly became popular, replacing the palanquins.
It may seem strange today, but using human powered rickshaws was, at the time, cheaper than using horses. It is known that in 1872 there were already about 40000 rickshaws in Tokyo.
Today, rickshaws can be seen in traditional areas, mainly for tourist entertainment:
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Lens: VR 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G
Focal Length: 18mm
Shutter Speed: 1/640s
ISO Sensitivity: ISO 200
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