Bananas, which are sold in supermarkets as a matter of course in Japan, originated in Southeast Asia, and their cultivation is said to have started in Papua New Guinea. When I think of bananas in Japan, I have an image of bananas from Taiwan or the Philippines, but neither Taiwan nor the Philippines are in the top five banana producers. India has the largest production volume by far, with 30.8 million tons per year. China is next at 11.22 million tons. The next largest producer is Indonesia, with 7.26 million tons (all figures based on FAO statistics for 2018).
At the Kanoman market in Cirebon, there was a store selling bananas as a matter of course. This was not a fruit shop, but rather a banana store. There were only bananas lined up in the store, no other fruits. There were several branches with many bananas on the counter, and bananas were hanging from the roof.
When I saw the branches with the banana tips up, it reminded me of the men I had seen in India bringing bananas to the auction market. Somehow I feel that bananas bear fruit with the tip down, but in reality, they bear fruit with the tip-up. The men in India also carried them with the tips up. And when harvesting, they do not harvest one by one but pick the whole branch.
January 21, 2021
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF