Bamboo Forest-Kyoto

I recently returned from a trip to Japan and Palau.  Both were excellent destinations, although quite different.  While in Japan, I was able to take the bullet train out to Kyoto for a few days.  There I was lucky enough to find the Bamboo National Forest.  In was something like 500 meters of bamboo right in the middle of the city.  It was kind of weird because we just took a left turn in the middle of buildings and bustling civilization, and all of a sudden we were in the thickest canopy of bamboo.  It was a beautiful sight!  I have never seen so much bamboo in my life.  The colors were pristine and astonishing.  It made me happy to be a bamboo blogger.  I tried to take some pictures…but it was raining and cloudy.  They didn’t turn out as well as they should have.  Of course pictures are never as amazing as the real thing.

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Bamboo is one of the most amazing plants on this planet. If it were to be planted on a global scale, it would do a lot to reverse the negative consequences of pollution. Bamboo is versatile as it is renewable. From bamboo sheets, to bamboo blankets, to bamboo flooring, to food, this plant can do so much to help our environment!  Its potential for oxygen rejuvenation and elimination of greenhouse gases is only limited by its anonymity.  The more we can do to support this plant and help spread its supporters across the globe, the more we can do to revitalize the earth.  Bamboo requires less water, less time to grow, and less chemicals than most plants used for wood, textiles, or forest growth.  There are plenty of species that are not invasive and do not spread easily.  This plant has so many species and characteristics that its uses are almost innumerable.