The 50 Things You Must Do in Asia

By Hanya Yanagihara - 2013-07-23T16:27:10Z

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Meander Through a Bamboo Forest: Japan

Sagano Bamboo Forest. In the Heian period (794-1185), when Kyoto was not only the capital but the center of arts and culture, this district was a summer retreat for nobility—it's cool year-round, but especially in summer. The dense stands of ancient bamboo—so green and silent that the very air seems to taste of dew—are at their quietest in the early morning.

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