I walked into the shopping mall that stood at the edge of Pasar Baru in Jakarta. I didn't need to go in there. It was cool and air-conditioned inside. This was exactly what I was looking for, I thought as I walked up the escalator.
Inside, there was a row of small shops, more like a multi-story shopping street than a shopping mall. And then, out of nowhere, I heard the sound of gongs. 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, surrounded by the sound of gongs. The gongs were made by the lion dance. One by one, the lion was going around the shops in the food court. It was celebrating the Chinese New Year. I heard that this area was an Indian town, but I guess religion has nothing to do with the celebration.
The lion, which was fluffy and yellow in color, was very popular with children. Children gathered near the lion and cawed at it. And nowadays, children would take a quick photo with their phones. I wonder whether they write about the encounter with the fluffy lion on social media.
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July 31, 2020
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