Rickshaw Driver Style

Here is a photo that didn't make the cut for our Kyoto posts. It is a rickshaw driver that we saw near the entrance to the Silver Palace.

Everything about this guy signals that he plans to go fast. Very. Fast.

From his lycra cycling gear and booties, the watch that will tell him whether he exceeded his personal best time, to the low wind resistance headband and his muscular legs.

Not to mention the facial expression of singular focus.

If rickshaw races were an olympic sport, I have no doubt that he would be in contention.

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  • Meredith1953 replied 7 years ago

    Wow! What a great photo. He looks like a serious athlete!

  • kellygirl replied 7 years ago

    I like! He's definitely an IT!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    This is a gold medalist in the making.

  • CocoLion replied 7 years ago

    Awesome photo! I get the feeling he does it for the love of cycling (not for the tips).

  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    Awesome! Did you guys take a rickshaw ride while you were there?

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    Oh, wow! Great photo and your commentary makes it even better!!

  • Greg replied 7 years ago

    Diana, no, unfortunately not. From the looks of things it would have been a fun ride.

  • Diana replied 7 years ago

    Too bad, Greg. Looks like it would be fun, esp. with this guy as your driver!

    When I visited Bangkok many years ago, rickshaws were all over the place (including some that were powered by motorcycle) as a form of transportation (not just a tourist thing) but it seemed really scary as they drove like maniacs through the busy highways and didn't seem to obey any traffic laws. I'm sure rickshaw rides in Japan are much more civilized!

  • Tanya replied 7 years ago

    What a great photo Greg! The guy has the same look on his face I have seen on many athletes right before they are about to perform/compete.

  • san replied 7 years ago

    People still do this? Such a different part of the world. You can tell I don't get around the globe much!!!

  • Jonesy replied 7 years ago

    Fab! Love those calf muscles, and that look of determination on his face!

  • ironkurtin replied 7 years ago

    In game terms, this guy is a BADASS!!!

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    LOL. He looks SERIOUS.

  • Greg replied 7 years ago

    *That's* the word I was looking for! :-)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    I hope his rickshaw comes with a seat belt!

  • Kari replied 7 years ago

    And quite a fancy looking rickshaw too!

  • christieanne replied 7 years ago

    I wouldn't want to get in his way!

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    This is one serious rickshaw!

  • sarah replied 7 years ago

    Love this - check out those calves...

  • nicoleb replied 7 years ago

    I wish i were friends with him. And not just for the free rides.

    ...wait...that sounds weird.


    *clicks post anyway*

  • jen replied 7 years ago

    As a photographer myself, I'm interested to know Greg what camera you are are using and all your favourite glass! :)

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Fantastic photo, Greg! And what a subject!! I want to go biking with this guy.

  • ManidipaM replied 7 years ago

    Okay, so NOT my neighbourhood rickshaw-wallah! Even though his steed is identical to the ones back home, except the ones here are generally far more rundown and, er, less restrained in their decoration. I'd love to have his shoes!

    Diana, I know exactly what you mean about mad rickshaw pulling! That's what we have too, and it is downright scary. For shorter distances, which are the norm here as rickshaws ply on restricted routes, I actually prefer to walk rather than take a rick ride! (San, now you know --- this beast ain't at all dead yet!)

    Wonder why no governments have ever enforced belts on rickshaw riders, a la Shannon, and for better-off communities, a biking helmet for the driver?

    Thanks so much for this, Greg! Loved it.

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    That rickshaw looks like it's regal enough for royalty. That's such an interesting photo, Greg.

  • jayne replied 7 years ago

    great tidbit from a different culture! he is lovely....but Greg probably didn't want to hear that!

  • Sharon replied 7 years ago


  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    Cool photo! He looks very determined! Too bad you couldn't get a ride from him!

  • Fruitful replied 7 years ago

    I LOVE his face. So alive and ready and positive. (and Sharon, ITA ^_^) you're right Greg, everything about him says "speed!"

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