I recently went for a walk around the foothills west of Arashiyama, near Kyoto. I was struck by just how pervasive bamboo is in Japan. Not only does it grow wherever it can, but as a material bamboo is used in all parts of Japanese life.
In the garden, in all the rooms of a house, even houses themselves all contain articles made from this most versatile of materials, space does not allow a full listing, but a few are: fencing, brooms, dippers, baskets, fans, flutes, toys, brushes, etc etc.
Bamboo forests can be eerie places. Nothing else grows, only bamboo, and sometimes so thickly that you can’t pass through. The slightest breeze starts the canes swaying and knocking into each other with a clack…clack…clack.
GoodsFromJapan offers bamboo flutes, fans and taketombo
Bamboo Gallery 2