In Tokyo, a group of women have chosen to break gender barriers becoming rickshaw pullers. These women, like 21-year-old Yuka Akimoto, have been attracted to the male-dominated profession through social media and have gained a strong following both locally and internationally.
Pulling a rickshaw in Tokyo is no easy task. The rickshaw itself can weigh up to 100 kgs, and under the scorching summer sun, the work can be physically demanding. However, these women have persevered and have found success in their chosen profession.
Akimoto recounts that the beginning was extremely hard, but with determination and hard work, she has found her place as a female rickshaw puller. She is one of the few women who have chosen to enter this profession in Tokyo. At the end of her 45-minute tour, she bows deeply to her clients and offers a blistered palm covered with a clean cloth to help them alight from the rickshaw.
These female rickshaw pullers have gained attention and support through social media. Their unique story has reached a wider audience, both locally and internationally. Through their hard work and refusal to conform to gender stereotypes, they have become an inspiration to many.
It is important to recognize the significance of breaking gender barriers. By choosing a profession traditionally associated with men, these women are challenging societal norms and paving the way for future generations. Their success demonstrates that anyone can achieve their dreams, regardless of their gender.
– Reuters (image credit)