I walked into a shopping mall that had been built on the edge of Sawah Besar in Jakarta. It was cool and air-conditioned inside. I didn't have anything to buy, but this coolness was exactly what I was looking for as I walked up the escalator.
Inside the building were small shops, more like a multi-story shopping street than a shopping mall. And then, out of nowhere, the sound of gongs could be heard. Guided by the sound of the gongs, I took the escalator and found myself on the top floor.
The top floor was a food court. There were tables lined up, and people were eating while being surrounded by the sound of gongs. I looked around and saw that the gongs were actually lion dances. One by one the lion dance lions were cruising the shops in the food court. They were celebrating the Chinese New Year coming soon. I heard that this area is an Indian town, but I guess religion has nothing to do with the celebration.
Unlike the red lion's head I saw in Jakarta the other day, or the lion's head I often see in Japan, the colorful yellow lion's head, which is fluffy, was very popular with children. Children would gather near the lion and make a lot of noise. And nowadays, children not only surround the lion's head but also take pictures of it with their smartphones. What will they write?
July 31, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF
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