Well I’d thought of doing a Expectation-vs-Reality kind of post for Arashiyama Bamboo Grove in Kyoto, but I guess you should have seen enough of those. It’s a fact that Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is very famous and plenty of people flock to visit it, especially during the cherry blossom season and during autumn (Nov). I went in Dec, on a cloudy day. The crowds were not overwhelming, until darkness descended (read till the end for the reason!).
The route to the bamboo grove was pretty normal, and then suddenly, the entrance to the bamboo grove just appeared. For its famed name, the way I reached was rather unassuming, though not implied in any negative manner.
We have arrived,
at the famous bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto
There was a general air of quietness inside the bamboo grove; no one’s speaking loudly, perhaps an effect of being surrounded by creations of nature that are way bigger than us. It was a day of gloomy weather. With no bright sunlight directly illuminating the bamboo trees, the entire place gave a rather imposing mood.
For centuries, the bamboo is used for the manufacturing of different products, including mats, boxes and baskets.It was coincidentally the first night that Hanatorou festival was to take place – an annual festival of lights where an approximately 5km route is lit by open-air lanterns and flower arrangements in the bamboo grove, some temples and along historical cultural places of the Saga Arayashiyama area.
Just as quickly as we got into the bamboo grove, we were out of it, onwards to Jōjakukō-ji Temple.
I will write about Hanatorou
soon (update, view the post here!). Meanwhile, you can have a sneak preview via this photo below: