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What Is a Rickshaw?


Rickshaws are light two wheeled carts which are designed to carry one or two people. Traditionally, rickshaws have been pulled by runners who hold the shafts of the cart in either hand.

Rickshaws were first seen in Japan around 1868, at the beginning of the Meiji Restoration. They soon became a popular mode of transportation, since they were faster than the previously used palanquins and human labour was considerably cheaper than using horses.

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