Sharp Look In Front Of The Eating Place

The sharp look of a man sitting in front of the eating place
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The man sitting in front of the eating place, his piercing gaze seemingly blocking my approach

When I was walking through the residential area in Jakarta, I came to a busy place. There was an elementary school nearby, and there were several eating places lined up on the street.

The big window of the eating place was like a show window, and plates of food were dexterously piled up on the windowsill. The plates were piled up alternately like a tower made of playing cards. I guess they were placed on the windowsill to preserve the dishes and show them to people outside the restaurant.

Food models are not rare in Japan, but you will rarely see them in other countries. Food models are said to be a method of expression invented in Japan from the Taisho era to the early Showa era. For this reason, when food is placed on store shelves overseas, almost all of it is the real thing. The same must be true of the one in this eating place.

In a place where you don't even understand the language, even if you are handed a menu, you may not even be able to understand the words on it. In such a case, I was grateful to see the dishes lined up in front of the restaurant. I can clearly see what kind of food is available. Since I was hungry, I tried to approach the restaurant to see what kind of food is available in this eating place but was blocked by the sharp eyes of a man sitting on a motorcycle in front of the eating place.


Where is Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

November 13, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography





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