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Japan's rickshaw runners take on tour guide role

Many have studied foreign languages to enhance their services and some even aspire to become pop idols

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Rickshaws - called jinrikisha in Japanese - became popular in Kyoto and Asakusa in the 1990s.

Osaka, Japan

SPECTATORS cheered when a rickshaw carrying pop culture icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu appeared on the red carpet at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka.

The old-fashioned passenger cart with Kyary clad in a pink kimono and matching pink hakama pants added to the Japanese flavour

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