Although it was not quite in season yet, the freshly parboiled bamboo shoot tasted amazingly sweet. The subtle tang in the aftertaste suggested the arrival of spring.
Rice cooked with large pieces of bamboo shoots, complete with the vivid young leaf buds of Japanese pepper, is also a feast for the eyes.
DATE, Hokkaido--A curious spectacle of thin and tall ice pillars resembling bamboo shoots inside a cave here is attracting visitors to the southwestern part of the northernmost prefecture.
In Hyakujojiki cave, as the temperature dropped, drops of water from the ceiling have slowly and gradually congealed and piled up to form pillar-like figures reaching upward. These are called "hyojun," or ice bamboo shoots.
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Bamboo is getting attention these days as a versatile and sustainable material for housewares, so the timing is good for a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit that explores Japan's ancient craft of basketry.
"Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection" is devoted to masterworks, including a half dozen works by two artists designated as living national treasures. To highlight the works' virtuosity and context, they have been displayed alongside paintings, ceramics, bronzes, kimono and other pieces from different genres.