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Photographer's Note

Please read this note very carefully to the end.

First, the meaning of the word Chikulin is needed to be explained. Chiku= Take= bamboo, Linn= Hayashi= a grove, thus the meaning of the word in English simply means a bamboo grove. Chikulin is often found as a part of many Japanese gardens. One could even say that it is one of essential parts of the garden.

Although it is now very common to see this material replaced by plastic, sadly. People here still make all sorts of household items and farming tools, many of the tea ceremonial tools, and they use it also as a fine building material. They are all made from this very common material.

Its flexibility also takes a part in our daily life as a symbol of resilience in Japanese language. Its straight appearance often used to represent honesty in ones personality. And the ridges on a bamboo are used to describe a point in ones life a turning point Fushime, Fushi=knot, or gnarl, Me=a point. Indeed bamboo is very much a part of daily life here in this small island.

Bamboo shoot can also be eaten, and it makes a fine seasonal diet in the spring.


Lastly, and the most importantly,
I personally like to see the grove, but I also like to listen to the grove as it makes a very soothing music together with the wind. It is good to sit down sometimes and try to look at my own thoughts. I invite you to do the same.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueKvp23F25U&NR=1
This may help you.

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