Race of the Times
Asakusa, some time after 12:00, I was in the process of crossing the street, as usual I took the security measures before crossing; I looked to my left, but this time I was surprised to see the contrast of an elderly person riding his bicycle and a young man pulling a jinrikisha. This moment in time felt like watching a historical race, where the participants had something in common, methods of transportation. One is placing us in 1868 when bicycles came to Japan from abroad and the other is taking us to 1896, the peak period of usage of jinrikisha in Japan. In 1916 the usage of jinrikisha was reduced by half, and now it’s common in Asakusa as a tourist attraction.
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