Origin : Japan
Made of : wood
Classification : plants / vegetables
Maker : ?
About "bamboo shoot" (take no ko - 竹の子 or 筍) :
Bamboo shoots are a spring delicacy in Japan. They come from a very large bamboo and are cut when they come out of the ground and reach about 20cm. They are boiled and sliced in thin strips.
About "bamboo" (take - 竹) :
Bamboo is a quick growing evergreen grass that has been used in Japan for construction and various arts and crafts for many centuries.
Even the strongest tree can brake against strong winds. The bamboo bends, it flexes, nearly touches the ground, but never breaks. Bamboos symbolize the idea that a man must keep his integrity whatever happens to him.
In case of earthquake, bamboo forests are considered as a safe place to find shelter. The interlaced bamboo roots hold the ground and there is no risk of being crashed by a tree.