Fish Head Lying In The Market

Fish head lying in the market
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia tetsuOzawa

Fish heads were haphazardly placed in one corner of the market

Where large cities are built, there are usually large rivers running through them. London has the Thames River, Paris has the Seine River, and even if I look at the cities in Asia, Beijing has the Haihe River, Bangkok has the Chao Phraya River, and Ho Chi Minh has the Saigon River. Thinking so, I looked at a map of Jakarta, but I couldn't find any big river running through this city. The river Ciliwung seems to be the main river in Jakarta, but it is very pale in shadow. The Ciliwung River, which runs through Jakarta with a population of about 10 million, is not so wide.

It cannot be the source of water supply for Jakarta citizens' daily use, but the man-made lake called Jatiluhur Lake, located about 100 km southeast of Jakarta, is the source of water supply. However, since Jakarta was a port city that prospered through tribute trade with China from ancient times, the people who ruled this place for generations may not have paid much attention to the existence of the river.

The Chiliwung River is used for shipping, but it is so narrow that it cannot be used as a fishing ground. The fish heads in the market in this photo were large for freshwater fish, so they might have been saltwater fish. Jakarta has a long history as a port city, so there must be a fish market somewhere in the city. This time I did not know where it was. I was looking at the fish heads in the market, hoping to visit the fish market next time I come to Jakarta.


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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

November 3, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


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