Inside the Bamboo Museum, there is an exhibition room, meeting room, rest area and office. There is also a tea room and tea garden next to the museum.
Kyoto bamboo is a traditionally crafted bamboo produced in Kyoto and used for construction and decorative purposes. The exhibition features rare Kyoto bamboos such as White Bamboo (Shira-Take), Sesame Bamboo (Goma-Take), Artificial Square Bamboo (Zumen-Kakutake), Tortoise-Shell Bamboo (Kikkou-Take), and Square Bamboo (Kaku-Take).
A partition in the center on the right side displays 18 panels, explaining interesting facts about bamboo, its characteristics, and how bamboo is used. It also explains the property and mysterious part of bamboo, including its historical background and unusual physiology and ecology, especially the flowering phenomenon.
However you will have an opportunity to see the rare seeds of these precious bamboo species on our display.
Bamboo drainage pipe from the Nagaoka-kyo period
Bamboo reinforced concrete
This is a bamboo reinforced concrete used for the Kyoto City Nishikyogoku Sports field which was built during World War II. From the Taisho era until just after World War II, bamboo reinforced concrete was also used in bridge construction and shipbuilding. Due to its strength and durability, bamboo played the role of a reinforcement bar.
In 1890, Thomas Edison, the most renowned of American inventors, succeeded in producing the world's first light bulb with a bamboo filament using Phyllostachys bambusoides Siebold et Zuccarini (Ma-Dake) grown in Yawata, Kyoto. Since then, bamboo filament bulbs became popular across the world. You can see one of the rare bamboo bulbs on our display at the museum.
The traditional Japanese-style garden of the Tea Room, "Chikufuken" that is next to the Bamboo Museum is surrounded by the Kenninji and Koetsuji bamboo fences, creating a dominating environment.
Many of the bamboo fence styles are named after famous temples in Kyoto. These include Kenninji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Ginkakuji Temple and Koetsuji Temple. This is because the designs originated in each temple and is the reason why Kyoto is commonly referred to as the birthplace of bamboo culture.
The Ecological Garden viewed from the terrace of the Bamboo Museum
The Bamboo Museum viewed from the Ecological Garden
Recently, children from nearby elementary schools have been coming every year for field trips to learn about bamboo. At the Bamboo Park, we invite the children to discuss and spread the knowledge of bamboo.