Japanese on 3-continent walk step into Pattaya

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Yuji Suzuki, Keisuke Takahashi and Ken Kirano hope to traverse three continents on foot and bicycle.
Yuji Suzuki, Keisuke Takahashi and Ken Kirano hope to traverse three continents on foot and bicycle.

Three Japanese men who hope to traverse three continents on foot and bicycle pulled their rickshaw into Pattaya on their way through Thailand.

Yuji Suzuki, Keisuke Takahashi and Ken Kirano arrived May 22 before walking off to Sriracha.

The three left Japan on Feb. 5 with the goal of traveling for five years to promote their country’s ancient tradition of traveling on foot and to promote rickshaw pulling as a sport worth of being added to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

So far they’ve been through mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. They entered the country in Sa Kaeo and traveled to Chonburi.

Suzuki, a rickshaw driver in Japan, insisted the best way to see the world was on foot. After pulling a rickshaw for four years, he convinced two friends to join him in his intercontinental journey.

Their goal is to reach five different continents within three years. Their expenses are supported by the Japanese government and private organizations.

Before they initially set off, they studied all possible routes thoroughly and on their departure day they were applauded by fellow countrymen. Their next destination will be India, then Australia and the U.S.

On May 22 they pulled their rickshaw into Pattaya on their way through Thailand.
On May 22 they pulled their rickshaw into Pattaya on their way through Thailand.