Here is a photo that didn't make the cut for our Kyoto posts. It is a rickshaw driver that we saw near the entrance to the Silver Palace.

Everything about this guy signals that he plans to go fast. Very. Fast.

From his lycra cycling gear and booties, the watch that will tell him whether he exceeded his personal best time, to the low wind resistance headband and his muscular legs.

Not to mention the facial expression of singular focus.

If rickshaw races were an olympic sport, I have no doubt that he would be in contention.