Bamboo in Japanese Culture

Bamboo's scientific name and its family.

1. Scientific Name: Bambuseae.

2. Family: Poaceae.

3. Common name: Bamboo.

4. Geographical origin: China.

5. Current distribution: The tropical climate area and subtropical climates areas near the equator such as Africa, Latin America, Central Asian and so on.

6. Names of the cultures that use this plant: China, Japan, India.

7. a. Bamboo is use as building material to build house and furniture while it also use as food source for animal such as panda in its original area and worldwide. Ancient people used bamboo as a tool just like a spoon to get water and use bamboo make mats and baskets. Moreover, bamboo leaves can use as instruments while it also can be made to be a instrument.

b. The stem of bamboo is use as irrigation pipes or bamboo charcoal. Moreover, it can use as a bowl for rice with meat and cook it, so the rice can taste with clear bamboo smell. Once use bamboo stem, just cut it from forest and get rid of its intra-node. Furthermore, bamboo's leaves can use as instrument use mouth with breath to evoke the shake of sound. If use leaves, just cut it from bamboo.

c. Bamboo contain starch, protein,fructose.

8. Bamboo have thousands of years history for using from ancient Asian countries where discovered it use as bamboo books, arrows, and paper. Its center of diversity is China and it also had a extraordinary expand use and fit in Japanese culture. It fits into Japanese garden decoration and social drink habit that are adapted by Japanese as bamboo is part of their culture. Moreover, bamboo in Japan is use as furniture, mats, and handmade art works. According to MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology website, MIT scientists now consider after the process of processors, bamboo become wood composite that better help use as building materials. To sum up, bamboo has been used for a long time from ancient to nowaday, people getting vary technology to use it to develop its usefulness and quality.

9. In brief, my poster is about bamboo and more specific is about bamboo in Japanese culture. I have introduced the historical use of bamboo and its center of diversity. Furthermore, I stated its current distribution, its scientific name, family, and common name; I bring up its current uses too.

10. Reference:

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b. Chu, J. (2014, July 23). Building up bamboo. Retrieved December 2, 2014, from MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology website:

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