Boys Playing In Taman Sari District

Boys playing in Taman Sari district in Jakarta
Shot at Taman Sari district in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

When I walked around the Taman Sari district, I found some boys playing by the wayside

I was walking through a residential area in Jakarta. Children were playing in the street. One boy was lying on the ground, surrounded by many boys. They were making a lot of noise. I was not sure what they were doing. But there must be some kind of solid story going on among the boys. In a manner of speaking, the boys are enjoying a parallel world somewhere other than here. As if to clearly show the unreality of this, the boy who was sitting alone and away from other boys was silently beating the drums. While the drumming was going on, time in a parallel universe was going on here.

The sound of drums echoed in the street. And the boys were playing as if they were performing a ritual. But that solemn game was almost destroyed a bit by my camera. A few boys began to show interest in the camera, disregarding the ritual. Even in such a situation, the boy who was beating the drum kept drumming nonchalantly, without changing his expression.


About Taman Sari

Taman Sari is a district of West Jakarta, Indonesia. It is the smallest subdistrict of West Jakarta (4.37 km2). Taman Sari is bounded by Central Jakarta to the south and to the east, and by North Jakarta to the north. Taman Sari district contains the southeastern area of Jakarta Old Town, the area on the east side of Kali Besar Canal. This area is the oldest area of Jakarta and a center of administration of Batavia (the old name for Jakarta) during the 17th century. This historic area is located within the Pinangsia administrative village, the northern part of Taman Sari subdistrict.

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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 2, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography