Industry has flourished in Jakarta: metal, machine, shipbuilding, clothing, textile (mostly cotton), leather and footwear and food processing. The city is also an exporter of rubber, tea and coffee; it also has a centuries-old tradition of crafts and trade. Rattan furniture is made here – cheap and popular material. All over Indonesia it grows more than 600 tree species, shrubs and creepers, which are used in this industry. Jakarta is an important road communication junction, rail and air, as well as a commercial port and sea fishing base.
Spiders in the cake
The basic ingredient of the local cuisine is rice, which is eaten in various forms. Nasz goreng is fried rice, a lontong – rice mini-croquettes served with chicken boiled in coconut milk. The real specialty is black rice, which is also prepared with coconut milk, and it is served with banana slices. The natives encourage you to try spiders in batter and baked bananas, which can be bought cheaply at street stalls. There are restaurants for the more picky and cautious tourists. The standard dish here is sate – pieces of meat stuffed on sticks, grilled and served with peanut or soy sauce.
Dancers and theater
For the inhabitants of Jakarta, music is almost a religion, drug. It has something of a witchcraft and is the essence of the mysteries of Java. Dancing is also an element of everyday life. Tourists in restaurants admire Jawajki dancing with great grace. beautiful, richly dressed and the dancers tell stories with the movements of their bodies, where good always triumphs, and the princess marries a noble prince. While in Jakarta, it is impossible not to come into contact with the wayang. This famous Javanese shadow theater was established in the 11th century. and for the following centuries it served not only artistic functions, but also religious and socio-educational. It presented mythological performances, historical and moral arts. In colonial times, actors preached independence slogans, and after independence – the ideals of the new state symbolism, which was supposed to contribute to the integration of a multi-ethnic society. The modern wayang has ceased to be the art of the elite and reaches wide social classes in Indonesia.