June 30, 2011
A bamboo grove in Jochi-ji
The glorious sight of an evergreen bamboo grove always inspires feelings of awe in those who see it.
It is generally said that bamboo is one of the plants having the strongest force of growth in the plant kingdom. Its stem can grow one meter or more in height each day during its peak season of growth and get 7-8 meters high in one year after its sprouting. The life of a bamboo tree is said to be about 8-10 years.
A bamboo grove, which is apparently made up of hundreds of trees, is actually an individual bamboo tree. Such a grove has grown from the numberless roots diverged from one original bamboo tree.