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Bamboo Skewers

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Egg Basket

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A bamboo basket with straw as handle makes a practical and pretty ‘multi dozen’ egg packaging.

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Each basket costs about 2.5 USD

Bamboo Scaffolding

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Bamboo scaffolding is widely used in Hong Kong and that is why this attracts my attention more than the IFCs or Bank of China Tower type of buildings.

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One must be amazingly skilled in tying and connecting bamboo poles together at the right places to ensure stability for construction men and materials. How I wish bamboo scaffolders will continue to pass on this ancient skill for generations as bamboo scaffolding takes away the look of dullness of modern infrastructure construction activity happening constantly here and there.

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Inu-Yarai, a Singularity of Kyoto

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Whereas the curved split bamboo gutter cover (inu-yarai) design of Kyoto traditional wooden houses came to be for various purposes in the old days such as protection of the wall from dog pee, or horse dung, or rain falling on its roof, and or from eavesdroppers.

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Today, I suppose inu-yarai is used as concealment for unsightly gutter, pipes, and faucet from the street point of view – something neat and attractive yet something functional. Inu-yarai is therefore a noteworthy fragment of Kyoto’s identity.

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New Year Ornaments in Japan

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Kyoto street posts with pine branches and tiny pink round balls

In the Philippines there is absence of New Year ornaments. We celebrate the event with fireworks, noisemakers, and food, including trays of round fruits on New Year’s Eve. But there are no traditional decorations unlike in Japan where in the days leading to this event, one can see ornaments like bamboo, rope, round pink balls, and pine branches. This was a curiosity to me that I took few snapshots of the ornaments.

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More tiny pink round balls in this shopping street

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New Year decoration at Randen Arashiyama streetcar station

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Ropes as New Year ornament too

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