“A people without the knowledge of their past, origin and culture is like a tree with no roots,” so wrote 20th century Jamaican writer Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. Heritage matters, and cultural heritage matters even more for an emerging nation like Indonesia. In August this year, the country marks its 72nd independence anniversary. That’s a young age when compared to other big nations around the world. The many cultures and traditions of the diverse people that make up Indonesia are still merging and converging, but after more than seven decades, Indonesia is now ready to take on the world to present and share its tradition and contemporary cultures. With its rising economic and political international profile, Indonesia is also taking its cultures and arts global. This special edition of J+ presents a small glimpse of that rich cultural heritage, past and present, some in their original form, others a fusion of past and contemporary modern Indonesia. The edition is primarily, though not solely, put together based on the recent Indonesian cultural and arts exhibition to the United Kingdom that brought contemporary riffs on Javanese dances, batik, jazz fusion s with traditional Minangkabau instruments and delicious reconceptualization so fM ana do cuisine. We assembled a number of Indonesian writers to pen their impressions on the fragments of the national culture. For the writers and the photographers, this has been a spiritual and cultural exploration into the nation’s past, origin and culture, part of a national collective effort to discover our roots. And now they share the results of their journey through their writings and images. J+ by The Jakarta Post has gone through some transformations. Originally conceived as Jplus, a weekly lifestyle and cultural tabloid, J+ has since become a regular page in the newspaper and a dedicated channel on thejakartapost.com. We’re pleased to offer you the J+ edition in its luxury format: A glossy magazine-sized special edition, focused on one of our favorite topics – the heritage of Indonesia. We hope you like this J+ edition.