Man Sitting On Becak

Woman with a hijab working in grocery in Glodok, Jakarta
Shot at Glodok district in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The man in the hat was sitting in the seat of a pedicab called a becak, waiting for customers

There are people who make a living carrying both people and luggage near a market place. There was such a man at the edge of the open-air market in Glodok, Jakarta. However, this man's car was not an automobile taxi, nor a three-wheeled auto Bajaj. His vehicle was a becak. He was a pedicab driver.

Becak is a bicycle taxi with a seat in front of the handlebars of the bicycle. The word seems to be derived from the Fujian dialect of Chinese, where the carriage is called Becak. They look similar to the cyclos seen in Vietnam. Because it was human-powered, it can only move at a leisurely pace. I heard that this is the reason why it is prohibited to drive on the main roads in Jakarta.

The man in this photo seemed to be waiting for customers at the edge of the market, looking for those who had finished shopping. But customers don't seem to show up very often. He took out an Indonesian cigarette called Garam and tried to smoke it. There was a time when I smoked only Garam in Japan, but I don't think I've seen Garam in Japan recently.


About Garam

PT Gudang Garam Tbk (Indonesian for "salt warehouse") is an Indonesian cigarette company, best known for its kretek (clove cigarette) products. It is Indonesia's fifth-largest tobacco manufacturer, with a market share of about 20%. The company was founded on 26 June 1958 by Tjoa Ing Hwie, who changed his name to Surya Wonowidjojo (Cai Yunhui). In 1984, control of the company was passed to Wonowidjojo's son, Cai Daoheng (Rachman Halim), who subsequently became the richest man in Indonesia. Halim headed the company until his death at the age of 60 in 2008.

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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

June 12, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Portrait Photography