Brother Staring At His Phone, Sister Looking Enviously At Him

Boy looking at his phone
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The young sister watched enviously as her brother looked at his phone

Even if I talk about cities on the island of Java, it is unreasonable to put Jakarta, a large city with a population of over 30 million including its suburbs, on the same level as other cities. Surabaya is the second-largest city after Jakarta, but it has a population of about 3 million. Even the second largest city is too different in size to compete with Jakarta.

Considering this situation, it is dangerous to think that what I saw in Jakarta applies to the whole of Indonesia. I think it would be more appropriate to think of Jakarta as an exception to the rule in Indonesia.

When walking around Jakarta, it is not unusual to see motorcycle cabs registered with Gojek or Grab dispatch apps parked on the side of the road. However, I didn't see any in Cirebon, also in Java. Also, in Jakarta's residential areas, it would not be out of place to see a young boy staring at his smartphone as in this photo, but in Cirebon, it seemed that only a minority of older adults had smartphones. Here in Jakarta, I feel like they are one step ahead of other cities.

Even with these differences, I guess it doesn't matter if you are in a big city or in the countryside, if your brother is enjoying himself, your sister will envy him. Next to the boy who was staring at his phone, his sister was standing next to him with a look of envy on her face, staring at her brother who would not let go of his phone.


Where is Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

March 26, 2021


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography





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