1. I want kids to look up at me and think I’m royalty.
Let’s face it, I’m a (fairly) mature adult, and I still get envious every time I see someone in a rickshaw. How can they afford it? Are they secretly a celebrity? Are they Japanese royalty out for a daily tour of the city?
I think sitting up in one of those rickshaws, with a thick red blanket over your lap and holding hands with the one you love, is the best way to spend the afternoon. And every once and a while, I want to look down, catch some little Japanese kids staring at me, and give them an elegant princess wave – the kind I learned back in 5th grade after watching Princess Diaries and dreaming about my own royal wedding.
I want to be a princess.
But since that’s not going to work out, I would settle for pretend royalty. Or I just want kids to think I’m cool.
2. Bragging rights.
I have a list of cool things I’ve done in Japan. I’ve eaten whale, horse, crickets, and fish eyes. I’m about to climb Mt. Fuji; I’ve done sulfur onsen hot springs. I’ve worn a couple different kimonos and participated in the Japanese coming of age ceremony.
I’ve never ridden a rickshaw in Japan. Or any other country. I would like to add that to my list.
3. I want to know what it feels like.
I want to know what it feels like to go over the pavement. Can you feel the bumps in the road? What about the turns – can you feel the cart move? Does it creak with the strain of two bodies, or hold fast like iron?
4. It’s an awesome date idea
I see this kind of stuff in romantic comedies all the time. I would love to try it. Next time I’m in a historic section of Japan, I would love to hail down one of these Japanese rickshaw drivers, in their traditional clothes, and hitch a ride all over the city.
5. I want a picture with the driver
The friends that have gone in the rickshaw cart in Japan were able to get pictures both in the cart and later, with the driver.
6. I want to be able to look down at Tokyo.
I think I could get some pretty awesome shots of buildings and crowds, from the bird’s eye view in the rickshaw. I always dislike when people’s heads get in my shots.
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