I used to think that paths stretching through bamboo forests were the exclusive domain of Kyoto's Arashiyama, but when I looked into it, I found that there are unexpectedly similar places. There is a temple called Take-dera Temple in Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture, a sightseeing spot called "bamboo grove path" in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, and also in Kamakura, where I was visiting on the day. Unlike me, who is only interested in bamboo shoots when I hear the word "bamboo grove," many people in the world seem to be attracted to the paths through the bamboo grove.
What is it about bamboo groves that appeal to people's senses? I could not understand it even if I thought about it, and I also could not understand it when I walked through the bamboo groves at Eisho-ji Temple and Hokoku-ji Temple. What I felt was that, unlike other trees, bamboo grows in straight lines. Despite the thick growth, the sunlight penetrates the ground, and the view is clear to a great distance. This may be the reason why walkers feel a sense of calm and openness.
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