Bamboo forest near Tenryuji Temple

By Jim Caldwell

Jim Caldwell

Bamboo forest near Tenryuji Temple in the Arashiyama area of Kyoto.
The temple is a World Cultural Heritage Site.

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One of the most traveled spots for tourist is Kyoto’s Sagano Bamboo Forest, a short distance away from train station.  Located in the Arashiyama, the forest covers about 6 square miles, or16 square kilometers.  The bamboo forests surrounded many Shinto shrines as sacred barricades against evil.  The forests can also be commonly found next to Buddhist temples, as well.  The Japanese found many uses for bamboo as not only a building material but also for making weapons like the Shinai sword in the Kendo (martial art).

Wind passing through a bamboo forest makes unique sound that Japan voted to preserve this sound as one of the 100 most must be preserved sounds of Japan.

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