Shop Selling Petai

Shop selling Petai in the market
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

There were several large beans called Petai hanging from the eaves of a shop in the market

When I traveled to Vietnam a long time ago, I heard from a friend that there were many shops in the country that sold fashionable goods, but I didn't see many of them. I still don't know whether there were really no fashionable general merchandise shops in the area where I roamed, or I just didn't notice them because I was not interested in them.

I think it's quite common that you don't notice if you don't pay attention to them even if they really existed. The moment you become aware of something you hadn't been paying attention to, you realize it's there in your field of vision. I had such an experience here in Jakarta.

I didn't know that there were big beans that I don't see very often in Japan, but once I know that one big bean is on sale, I start to notice them all over the place. This time was the same. I also noticed that Petai, a large bean, was sold in a market-like stall in the Glodok district.

I had certainly seen these Petai for sale before. I had seen Petai hanging from the eaves, and I had also seen a man holding Petai. In the meantime, Its presence seemed to have grown in my mind. Without being particularly aware of it, I began to notice that Petai was being sold.

There were a number of Petai hanging in the front of the store, and some of them were being sold out of their sheaths on the table. Then a woman came in and purchased a large number of Petai.


Where is Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

November 1, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography





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