Japanese ladies love them some rickshaw-pullers


Women love a Shafu

When the single women of Japan are asked about the types of guys they are into, you get the usual answers of rock singers, pilots, and of course Foreign men, but the men of one particular occupation have seen their stock in the eyes of women rise in recent times. That of the hardworking rickshaw puller.

These flashes of a bygone era are often seen in the historical sightseeing eras like Asakusa or Kamakura in Tokyo. These men called Shafu, can bee seen dashing up and down roadways pulling their large carts behind them, usually with a tourist or two along for the ride.

With the demands of the job, they are usually slim muscular men able to handle the physicality of  running long distances all day with passengers in tow. They also tend to be very friendly and kind to their passengers, as comes with being a member of such a service job.

And women have noticed all of this.

Shafu isn't usually considered a glamorous job. Low pay and high physical expectations make this a rugged line of work. However, this is another reason why many women find Shafu appealing, as often these men are aspiring athletes or working their way up in other jobs and pull rickshaws for extra money. The idea of a man working hard to make his dreams come true can be very appealing for some dreamy-eyed young lady.

Asakusa Jinrikisha Danshi A new book released covers the very topic of the Shafu in the Asakusa area. It features interviews and pictures of some of the shafu, but also a guide and tips to some of the best sightseeing locations and hidden tourist spots.

And don't worry ladies, we all will believe you when you say you read the book for the articles.


(Via Japantoday)

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