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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Bamboo Gallery

竹のギャラリー

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

West of JR Saga station the path winds through a bamboo forest

West of JR Saga station the path winds through a bamboo forest.


Dippers and frame support can be found at the temizuyas of most shrines

Dippers and frame support can be found at the temizuyas of most shrines.


Simple but effective fencing made from young bamboo

Simple but effective fencing made from young bamboo.


More crafted fence colored by age

More crafted bamboo fence colored by age.


Traditional farmhouse wall, mud and straw over bamboo laths

Traditional farmhouse wall, mud and straw over bamboo laths.


Bamboo Gallery 2

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1 comment:

Story in Indonesian Songs said...

Indonesia's also a lot of bamboo, in addition to the building materials such as walls, may be to fence in the yard. For fishing, bamboo rod can be a pillar of fishing nets at sea. There is one more type of bamboo, used as food maker called lemang. and many more functions of bamboo. thanks for the info