Bali in Their Eyes

Bali in Their Eyes

Seeing Bali more objectively and clearly should often borrow the ‘eyes’ of others. At least, the overall perspective on Bali will be obtained as desired. Others mentioned above include foreigners and Balinese people living in diaspora. They are considered ‘more objective’ in seeing Bali with the entire today’s phenomenon. Here are some opinions, suggestions and

Seeing Bali more objectively and clearly should often borrow the ‘eyes’ of others. At least, the overall perspective on Bali will be obtained as desired. Others mentioned above include foreigners and Balinese people living in diaspora. They are considered ‘more objective’ in seeing Bali with the entire today’s phenomenon.

Here are some opinions, suggestions and feedbacks give by some students of Ritsumeikan University, Japan, that made a visit to Bali some time ago.

 

Miho Yukishita: I  Learn a Lot from Bali

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I am very glad to visit this beautiful island, Bali. The sea and rural landscape is so beautiful. Here in Bali, I made my time to visit Mangrove Information Center and had an experience about the plant in the seedling area with my friends. I do not only enjoy staying here, but also get some impressions that Bali faces serious environmental problems such as rapid decrease of forests and water pollution in the sea and rivers. Through this tour, I’ve learned that deforestation of mangrove forests in the world has something to do with our daily life. For example, Japan imports a large amount of shrimps especially from Asia, which causes decrease in Mangrove forests. Japanese is responsible for these problems. According to the lecture given at the Mangrove Information Center, JICA or Japan International Cooperation Agency collaborated with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia in order to recover the mangrove forest there. Actually, I did not know about these facts at all before coming here. Now, I can guess that issues in any other countries can be associated with our daily life in Japan because we rely on a lot of resources from outside. It was a very short visit, but it gave me a new perspective to see the environmental issue. (*)

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Tomoko Katayama: Jatiluwih Offers Beautiful and Amazing Rice Terrace

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It is very fortunate that I could visit Jatiluwih in Tabanan. The weather is so good, and I can see a very beautiful landscape of rice terrace. I am deeply moved by the irrigation system there. They are designed in order that water from highest field flow to the lowest field. The flow of water does not stop on the way to lower fields. Also, the amount of water flowing to other fields is adjusted and changed accordingly by controlling the width of waterways. I heard that the irrigation system has been maintained since around thousand years ago. It is surprising that local people still keep the paddy field with the irrigation system. Having been registered as the UNESCO World Heritage list, the risk of land conversion from agricultural sector decreases, I suppose. I heard that some paddy fields had disappeared. Hopefully, this beautiful rice terrace with traditional irrigation system could be conserved properly so that future generation can enjoy seeing the beautiful landscape, too. (*)

 

Kohta Yagi: For Better Environment of Bali

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About two months ago, I got a fruitful time in Indonesia for two weeks. I am so impressed with the beautiful sunset on Kuta Beach in particular. I will never forget such a beautiful view and still inspire me even now. At the same time, however, I found a lot of marine debris there. I think that rubbish issues are generated by bad manner of travelers and local people. In Japan, we must separate the burnable garbage from the non-burnable garbage as well as recycle some trashes that were made from plastic, can, glass, papers and so on. Most of Indonesian people may have never imagined about it now, but actually, we, Japanese, also had similar garbage issues when Japan enjoyed high economic growth. As a result of economic-oriented development and ignoring the environmental issues, many people suffered diseases caused by pollution. I do not want the people of Indonesia to face such kind of trouble. We hope that Japan and Indonesia can cooperate to overcome this issue. (*)

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Yuki Sato: Keep Bali Beautiful, Need Local Power

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I stayed in Bali for four days. Before visiting Bali, I only had the image of “a place of sightseeing” in Bali. Bali is one of the most famous places in the world. A lot of Japanese people enjoy touring on the island. I found many foreign people enjoying swimming and shopping foods in Bali. Thanks to the lecture given by the General Manager of Bali Travel News. However, I found Bali has faced social issues especially those caused by over population. The number of people living on the island is increasing, and the garbage problem is getting serious in association with that. The waste management is not easy because it needs proper skills, a lot of money as well as a large place for building a waste disposal facility. Indonesian people might doubt, but we also have similar waste problem in Japan. I suppose the grass-root activities are so important. In Japan, some local citizens put label and posters noting that “Please don’t throw garbage here for the environment” in Japanese and foreign languages. It is local community-based activity. I believe that such kind of local people’s power will help Bali become a more beautiful and attractive place. (*)

 

Naoto Kawabata: For Bali’s Long Term Benefit

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This was my second time to stay in Bali and the third time in Indonesia. My first visit was for leisure trip last March while I came here this time under the study program of Ritsumeikan University with the concept of rethinking of “International Cooperation.” Bali has become one of the most famous international tourist destinations. However, I am worrying whether Bali can keep enjoying the benefit from tourism industry in the future. I found some problems caused by local people when they accommodate tourists such as poor skills in communicating with guests, cleaning service and managing waste and so on. Rather, I need to emphasize that we, tourists, need to rethink of our attitude to local society. For example, I found a lot of travelers that do not care so much about local society including the culture, religion, political history and people there. In order to keep Bali as the famous international tourist destination on a long-term basis, I suppose that both the local people and travelers need to communicate and cooperate with. (*)

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