As I walked down the alleyway in Glodok district of Jakarta, it seemed I had walked into a residential area. The alleyway was as narrow as ever, but it was flanked by low-rise buildings that seemed to be dwellings. Still, looking at the stalls, this alleyway must be the one through which many locals pass.
A number of glass cups were placed on a stall at the end of the alley, and a large bucket-like container could be seen at the back of it. Just as I was gazing to see what the street vendor was selling, a woman came over and placed an order for the man at the stall.
The man at the stall opened the lid of the container and placed a ladle inside. And so, what I took out was a green, jelly-like object. It was uncommon to see this in Japan. Apparently, this is a jelly made from a medicinal herb called Cin Cau in Indonesia. Cin Cau is a plant of the perilla family, which is the same as saccharine jelly sometimes sold in Taipei. It is not only used in Taiwan but also in Indonesia, where it is commonly drunk to relieve fatigue.
June 4, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF