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July 14, 2014

Jatiluwih Up Close

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An afternoon in Jatiluwih, Bali. Drops of dew were still hanging on the paddy leaves.


Spanning between the hills of Tabanan Regency in Bali, the Jatiluwih rice is an expanse of terraced, green rice paddy fields that step along an entire mountain. The fields that make up this area have adopted the traditional Subak irrigation system – a native Balinese traditional agricultural method that has been preserved for centuries and passed down from generation to generation. Jatiluwih rice fields have been named a UNESCO Cultural Landscape. 

The preserved traditional method enables the paddy to grow at its best. Lush green strands of straws growing from the fertile land in the first two months after the planting, and soon, within the third month, the lush green turns into golden hues. 

Trekking along the hills of Jatiluwih is a bliss. I found that the fresh mountain air, fresh green view all over the ground, and tickling sensations from the tips of paddy strands that touch my legs are the perfect treat to invigorate my senses. The fertile paddies yield the fragrant, great-tasting, organic rice grains. 

After a trek along Jatiluwih rice field, I found it best to rest at local stalls along the main road and sip the red rice tea. The fragrant red rice are roasted and boiled shortly, and served as it is. It tastes warm, earthy and smooth, and I have nothing else to think of but the gratitude for that joy of life... 

Jatiluwih is not only known for its vast, green rice terrace, but also for its high quality organic rice. The organic farming allows tiny creatures like the grasshopper above, and the caterpillar below to rest peacefully here.  

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