Young Man Peddling Breads With A Carrying Pole

Young man peddling breads with a carrying pole
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The young man in a cap was hawking bread with a carrying pole

Standing at a busy T-junction, all sorts of things were passing in front of me. Cars such as Bajaj also passed by, but motorcycles were still the most common. In Jakarta, motorcycles have become the means of transportation for the general public. Many people drive by themselves, and there are also many motorcycle taxis dispatched from Gojek and Grab. Speaking of cabs in Japan, four-wheeled vehicles are the norm, but here, there are many motorcycle cabs. Probably, there are far more motorcycle cabs than four-wheeled cabs. They ride two, or sometimes three, people on motorcycles to their destinations.

In the meantime, something rarely seen in Japan came to a T-junction. It was a young man carrying a carrying pole. There was a large box tied to both ends of the pole, and inside were several loaves of bread. This young man was peddling bread. The boxes on both sides were divided into upper and lower sections, and they seem to be selling four kinds of bread at a time.

Walking around Jakarta, it is not unusual to see people hawking bread in the city. Indonesia is a country where rice is the staple food, and cassava and sago palm are the staple food even in areas that are not suitable for rice farming. Nevertheless, it is not unusual to see stalls selling bread. The consumption of wheat products, especially noodles and bread products, is increasing every year in this country. It's easy to eat and it suits the needs of the city, it is said. Snacks eaten between breakfast, lunch, and dinner have also changed over time, from sticky rice and sweet potato snacks to croissants, cakes, and pastries.


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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

November 30, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography