Ratusan Gerbang di Fushimi Inari Taisha

Imaji mengenainya pasti muncul di benak kolektif kita semua, hanya saja Anda belum tentu tahu tempat apa ini sebetulnya. Deret tiang-tiang berwarna merah dan hitam yang tertembus semburat cahaya matahari, dipisahkan oleh jalan berbatu berwarna keibuan yang terlihat begitu cantik. Entah apa tempat tersebut memang benar-benar ada dalam dunia nyata, bukan? Kalau tidak salah, gambar ini juga muncul dalam salah satu film terbitan Hollywood, Memoirs of a Geisha, yang menyeret Anda kembali ke Jepang ratusan tahun yang lalu. Tempat apakah ini?

Bagi Anda yang punya teman yang hobi bepergian ke Jepang, hampir pasti tempat ini tak terluput dari foto-foto yang diambilnya, termasuk yang muncul dalam media sosialnya. Deret gerbang merah ini memang betul-betul ada, dan letaknya sedikit keluar dari kota Kyoto—kota yang memang dikenal karena warisan sejarah dan budayanya.

Nama tempat ini adalah Fushimi Inari Taisha. Continue reading “Ratusan Gerbang di Fushimi Inari Taisha”

Lalu Lintas Penumpang Udara menurut Pengelola Bandar Udara (2015)

Airport Share (AP I, II)

Dalam rubrik NumberCruncher kali ini, Anda dapat melihat porsi lalu lintas penumpang udara menurut perusahaan pengelolanya. Bandar-bandar udara di Indonesia dikelola oleh beberapa entitas, di antaranya dua perusahaan milik pemerintah Angkasa Pura I (AP I) dan Angkasa Pura II (AP II), Unit Pengelola Bandar Udara-Kementerian Perhubungan, Angkatan Udara Republik Indonesia, dan beberapa pemerintah daerah. Menurut lalu lintas penumpangnya (yang dihitung berdasarkan keberangkatan dan kedatangan dari dan ke bandar udara di Indonesia), AP I dan AP II secara kumulatif memegang hampir 90% lalu lintas udara di Indonesia (2015).

Sumber data: Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS), Laporan Tahunan Angkasa Pura I dan II (2015), Statistik Bandar Udara (Dirjen Perhubungan Udara)

Lihat statistik praktis lainnya melalui rubrik NumberCruncher pada tautan ini.

A message too romantic for a city

“And for me, Bandung is not merely a matter of geography—beyond that, it involves feeling that accompanies me in silence.”

Dan Bandung bagiku bukan cuma masalah geografis, lebih jauh dari itu melibatkan perasaan yang bersamaku ketika sunyi.

A quote by Pidi Baiq, an Indonesian author, that you can find beneath an underpass near the Asia Afrika Street. I think I understand why the quote is placed here—for many, Bandung is a city too romantic, involving a lot of feeling, arousing emotions. This is indeed a touching way to depict a city that comforts so many for so many years.

A Legoland of disappointments

I have been playing with Lego since my childhood. The tiny bricks that are hard to step on (and painful to your feet), it is the toy of dreams.

I still remember one of the earliest video games that I have played was Legoland. Similar to other theme park tycoon games, this was where I had to build a Legoland theme park from scratch, adding attractions and shops to attract visitors. The game also displayed the real life Legolands, including that in Billund, Denmark and Windsor, UK.

It has been my childhood dream to visit a Legoland, especially to see famous buildings recreated using these plastic bricks. So, when I had an opportunity to visit one such Legoland, in Johor, Malaysia, I was excited. This Legoland was the real deal—fully licensed, and my expectation was high.

I was wrong, though. Continue reading “A Legoland of disappointments”

Library Tour: Freedom Institute Public Library

Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, is not known for its libraries. Compared to New York (the NY Public Library) or Washington, D.C. (Library of Congress), the city that is about as populated as the Big Apple has no well-known library. Of course, there is the national central library. Yet instead, this post will take you to a smaller library only about a kilometer behind that huge library.

Tucked behind trees, and located just across the very place where Indonesia’s independence was proclaimed on August 17, 1945, Freedom Institute Public Library is a tiny oasis in the middle of this bustling metropolis. Tough enough to find a good library, Freedom Institute couples its collection of books with a nice place to write, to find inspiration, or even to (at least try to) find a little quite time in the midst of the noisy Big Durian. Continue reading “Library Tour: Freedom Institute Public Library”