What was it about the Bamboo Forest?

I’d seen countless photos of Arashiyama’s Bamboo Forest, but still I wanted to go and see it myself. Crowds strolled through the pathway stopping to take photos as I did. Staring up at these giant sentinels was worth the trip until my gaze returned to eye level.

Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama

While I wandered back up the path, I noticed many of these beautiful bamboo trees had names scratched into them. What a shame that some people felt the need to deface something so beautiful.

Outiside the Bamboo Forest, Arashiyama