Red One-piece, Red Bag, And Red Incense Stick

Woman in a red dress sticking red incense sticks in Jin De Yuan
Shot at Jin De Yuan, a Chinese temple in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

A woman in a red dress with a red bag offered red incense sticks in the incense burner

A large incense burner was placed in the precinct of Jin De Yuan in Jakarta. On the side of the incense burner which was filled with ashes from the incense sticks, there was a frightening face. It is often equated with a lion, but technically it wasn't a lion. It is an imaginary creature in Chinese mythology. But I'm not sure what makes it different from lions. Maybe it's eerier if it's mysterious, and maybe it's convenient because it feels like it has some kind of power.

There were several incense sticks propped up inside the terrifyingly shaped incense burner. The incense sticks seen in Southeast Asia are much longer than the ones I see in Japan. And they are painted red. The offerings, both candles, and incense sticks were painted red.

Worshippers came around the incense burner one after another and they put the lit incense sticks into the burner one after another. In the meantime, a woman in a red dress also came in and stops next to the incense burner. And she was sticking incense sticks into the incense burner like other persons.

Looking closer, I could see that not only the woman's clothing but also her bag was also a deep red. Even though the color red is a symbol of good omen and fortune in Chinese culture, I think she seemed to be fond of the color too much.


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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

June 17, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography





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