‘Kyoto - Arashiyama - Kyoto’s bamboo grove’
On the outskirts of Kyoto, in Arashiyama, you find a unique bamboo grove.
Bamboo forests can be found also in other places in Japan, like in temple gardens but the one in Arashiyama is the biggest that I’ve seen.
The closely-growing bamboo is really a special sight. Have also a look in the workshop.
In Japan bamboo has been used for centuries. Different products are made of it (baskets, cups, boxes, mats, ...).
The bamboo grove is located just next to the Tenriy-ji, a Zen temple with very beautiful gardens.
You can reach Arashiyama by a short train ride from Kyoto Station (take the Sagano line).
Information from: http://www.japan-guide.com
The cover of the Lonely planet-guide has a picture of a bamboo grove with a Japanese lady between the bamboo stems. She’s dressed in a red kimono and has also a red umbrella. An extremely attractive sight! It made me dream of taking similar pictures :)
On my way to Arashiyama and to the bamboo grove I realized I should be very lucky to take pictures of Japanese people in kimono visiting the forest.
But it was bit of a shock arriving there. About a hundred of tourists (without kimonos but with cameras!) had the same aspiration as I :)
Be warned, Japan is a much visited country.
I went back at the end of the afternoon and fortunately, there were fewer visitors.
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photoray (11763) 2014-06-08 17:55
Unusual very tall specie of bamboo, and within a dense forest. I have never seen this specie in the U.S.
We also use bamboo for wood flooring, which has a unique grain pattern.
Thanks for sharing,
emka (77336) 2014-06-08 23:52
Hello Paul, I also see many bamboos but this forest is really special. I haven't been there. Yes, Japan is a much visited place also by Japanese :). But farther on the south there are more remote places, with no tourists, where they do not speak English and even have no Internet.It is a challenge to travel there!
Spectacular view. Excellent composition. A bit pity there ios no red kimono ( I have one :)).
WArm regrads Malgo
dip (23592) 2014-06-09 0:54
to be honest,I've never seen, a bamboo forests before...
it seems really very interesting,I also like the inclusion of the other tourists in frame,
beautiful and interesting image,
thanks for sharing,
jhm (138214) 2014-06-09 4:28
Heel mooi om de lange bamboe bomen te zien in een bos.
De toeristen in de voorgrond geven mooi de lengte aan, heel goed voor de schaal
Reis foto's en een goed verhaal zijn voor mij altijd een goede bijdrage aan TE.
Mooie samenstelling en gepaste kleuren en scherpte.
Mooie dag verder, liefst zonder onweer.
Sergiom (58652) 2014-06-09 5:18
Cela semble bien difficile d'entrer dans cette masse de bambou qui forme un mur impénétrable. C'est très impressionnant la hauteur et la grosseur qu'ils peuvent atteindre.
mkamionka (30214) 2014-06-09 6:35
I had the pleasure to walk through a bamboo forest on Hawaii. It was a very interesting experience. I don't have good photos of it though. Great composition here with the bamboo making nice repeated elements and the group of tourists making good scale markers.
chrislo (4153) 2014-06-09 6:50
Zo een bamboebos had ik al een paar jaar geleden in Anduze (Zuid-Frankrijk) bezocht, en voor het hele gezin was het een onderwerp van bewondering. Zo een hoge dichtheid van bomen levert altijd indrukwekkende foto’s op en dat is je niet ontgaan. Het bladerdak dempt het licht mooi en het grafische spel van licht en schaduw geeft kier een bijzonder mooi effect. De twee meisjes die zich voor de toeristen de hand geven, vormen als het ware een doeltreffend veiligheidskordon ! Mooie natuurlijke kleuren en een goede compositie.
Als je wat tijd hebt kan je dit filmpje bekijken, er wordt zelfs Nederlands gesproken.
Oceania (4772) 2014-06-09 7:09
During the time I absented from TE, I have missed a lot of your beautiful pictures from Japan.
A forest of bamboo, it's very Asian, very serene. I like it.
Royaldevon (28641) 2014-06-09 7:27
I had to say this is amazing!
I knew that bamboo grew quickly but not so tall!
The stems create their very own living wall.
Nice, angled viewpoint with the people well placed.
My warm regards,
lousat (75518) 2014-06-09 15:04
Hi Paul,very impressive this bamboo forest,the people into the pic give us the exact idea of dimensions,i seen something of similar in Sri Lanks,but this seems too big.Interesting post made with the usual top quality,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
PiotrF (7444) 2014-06-09 15:16
This is unique place. Lovely presentation, excellent composition.The colors and contrast also great. Composition and presentation make these picture attractive. Interesting note about Kyoto’s bamboo grove
pili51 (1365) 2014-06-10 9:29
really nice image here, i didn't know that the bamboo can grow so high. This must be a great forest! The view is absolutely amazing! I like the colors also.
ikeharel (56002) 2014-06-10 9:29
Good evening Paul,
magnificent thei sight of the "Bamboo-Jungle", the arrey of these trees make it looks as a perfect labyrith.The inclusion of tourists, gave extra vivid tones to the whole. Light through well collected.
mesutilgim (83018) 2014-06-10 11:37
Learning through TE ! I never could imagine that bamboos could reach such a hight; almost higher than a popplar tree.
Another perfect TE entry in your gallery with many interesting notes. But your anecdote is jıst great !
TFS and best regards
adramad (37327) 2014-06-10 14:24
Impressive height and thickness of the trunks of these bamboos surely must be the best examples in the world, the group of people comes in handy, to be the ideal of tremendous proportions.
A gorgeous image with good color, high brightness and perfect sharpness.
Have a good week.
Very well done. I love it.
All the best.
danos (85771) 2014-06-10 22:26
excellent the view of this fascinating bamboo grove at Kyoto.I like the superb presentation,with the visitors to add scale in the scene.Excellent the light and the colour management.
jemaflor (83691) 2014-06-10 23:04
Très belle et impressionnante forêt de bambous, la lumière est bien gérée et la composition équilibrée avec les présences humaines, elles donnent également une échelle à la vue.
Graal (96760) 2014-06-11 9:59
unusual forest here. Interesting place. Amazing bamboo trees. Good presentation. Also I like WS. Great trip you had.
Have a nice evening.
fabbs99 (16163) 2014-06-11 10:01
Impressive view of the bamboo grove with long trees.Great presentation in colors and sharpness.TFS.
mohammad_H (9174) 2014-06-11 21:55
Accrocheur et agréable, avec une végétation de bambou
Mettre les gens avec du bambou, l'échelle et la taille
Beau paysage et d'excellente qualité
Une bonne résolution
dale54 (6605) 2014-06-12 11:48
paul hello..this pic is so impressive..just the height of the bamboo is amazing,and you have some people in the scene to compare,lovely lite light! dale
rbassin (17535) 2014-06-12 12:33
une bonne photo avec la forêt de bambou qui forme un bon arrière plan compact d'un graphisme agréable.
SWEETFREEDOM (22476) 2014-06-13 0:49
very big this forest in particular compared to the people taking pictures in fg.
nice colors and light management.
abmdsudi (42594) 2014-06-13 8:04
We can just imagine the scale proportion here, this beautiful bamboo grove makes for an impressive image and your framing accentuates their size!!! Excellent interplay of colour contrast, deep fresh green against red within the setting. This shot reflects another realistic feel of real rural scene and the gentle relaxed scene experienced first hand. It's a nicely done work, brilliant effect, tones and details. Congrats and tfs
annjackman (19189) 2014-06-13 10:15
I did not know that bamboo could grow so tall! It makes a graphic BG for your photo. The group of tourists give scale. A very fascinating photo.
Kind Regards, Ann
siudzi (33065) 2014-06-14 2:28
Wow! What a superb place you have visited! This wall of the Bamboo forest looks extremely unique and original for me and with the visitors in front of it made a spectacular scene. Beautifully captured!
Have a nice weekend!
rychem (22179) 2014-06-15 7:52
This bamboo forest is simply fantastic, excellent photo and great scene, compliments
Gigidusud (15125) 2014-06-15 9:36
Une belle scène touristique devant cette incroyable forêt de Bambous. J'ai bien aimé l'anecdote aussi, ce sont des aventures que chacun de nous, photographes passionnés, avons vécu au moins une fois!
Merci pour le partage.
macjake (55520) 2014-06-16 9:58
very cool to see these Bamboo forests, and this is certainly one of those photos where having the people in it make a strong and important impact.
nicely done, jealous of you to have it in your gallery!
nikkitta (14582) 2014-06-17 8:40
What a super well composed , attractive and original capture, never see a bamboo grove before and so close and high
Well done, regards
The tourists add scale at the capture, would have been nice without them, my idea
holmertz (40055) 2014-06-17 11:38
This grove is a stunning sight obviously worth a visit. There is a great beauty in the dense growth of the bamboo, looking like an impenetrable forest, and the handful of tourists (all looking local) contribute well to the composition. Hundreds of people filling the foreground would not have been so nice.
I am old enough to remember when it was still possible to enter the Taj Mahal, Hagia Sophia or the Uffizi gallery without standing in line, no crowds at all. The development of mass tourism is in a way a great democratic achievement (ruining the environment), but there is not much fun left if you have to watch the Mona Lisa in a hysterically crowded room.
COSTANTINO (54419) 2014-06-17 22:21
Good morning dear friend
interesting capture with an unique bamboo grove
your notes about Bamboo forests are very useful
in my opinion it is a great pleasure to walk
into a different forest like this one
welldone and wellseen
npecanhuk (64204) 2014-06-18 22:03
Wow! Giant bamboos!!!
Very interesting and attractive picture of such beautiful natural details, together with welcome human presence!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-06-24 7:10
while traveling in China I tried to find these amazing bamboo forests but somehow I wasn't very lucky and whatever I found couldn't compare to the place you are showing. It is quite unbelievable grass for all its features and the forests they create are truly enchanting.
From what I see there are also other amateurs of taking pictures of bamboo as the group on the photo is very busy taking all the snaps.
Thanks for sharing
delpeoples (52999) 2014-06-25 3:28
Wow this is something I've never seen before. The vertical geometries, the amazing textures and the cool green tones are magnificent. I really like the play of light and shade here, giving us a sense of calm and tranquillity.
Warmest wishes, thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
jcpix (13552) 2014-06-28 19:11
Tourists and cameras, why...that's crazy talk! :) Easy to understand why one would want to capture such a fascinating place, it was a wise choice to return later in the day to end up with this kind of result. You've put together quite a lovely view of the grove while managing to include the tourists as well to help give context and scale. Love the WS pic too, the tight crop makes for a wonderful abstract of this unique setting. Very well composed and seen at this wide view. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take care.
adores (36147) 2014-07-05 13:53
Impressive forest, it must be nice to walk there. The bamboos are really high!I like it with the group in font, watching it. The people seem really small there!
Cricri (105249) 2014-07-13 15:32
Vraiment une belle image de cette foret de bambou, j'aime les teintes, la présence des touriste prenant des photos, belle et intéressante présentation
aliabazari (14763) 2014-08-09 23:51
A good shot of the visitors. Good sharpness and exposure. Thank you
swapankumarroy (2837) 2014-08-30 5:25
In our country I have seen many bamboo groves but I never seen this type of straight bamboo, very nicely shoot it from an well angle, good contrast and well sharped image, color is quiet natural.
warm regards and have a nice weekend,
ruisc_pt (10527) 2014-09-26 4:58
Awesome effect of the vertical lines arising from the ground and covering all the frame.
Huge bamboo forest!