The dense residential area I wandered into in Jakarta was a jumble of narrow alleys. The alleyways were so narrow that cars could not pass through and people could barely pass each other, and instead of cars, there were many children crawling around. The alleyways were safe from cars and became a favorite playground for the local children.
The little girl in this photo was one of the children playing in the maze of alleys. She was riding a tricycle with yellow tape wrapped around the handlebars and many twirling strings like the ones in Presley's costume. The tricycle itself looked old, but the tape and fringe made it look less old. Considering that boots with thread-like "fluttering" are called "fringe boots" and bags are called "fringe bags," I wonder if this tricycle could be called a fringe tricycle.
Come to think of it, I don't see many tricycles in Japan these days. The only ones that young children are riding around are balance bikes. This is because children ride tricycles for a short period of time and it is troublesome for them to switch to bicycles, so many parents have their children ride balance bikes from an early age. In contrast to this situation in Japan, I did not see any children riding balance bikes here in Indonesia. Perhaps balance bikes are still not so common here.
March 19, 2021
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF