A Happy Place

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Just a short walk away from our ryokan in the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, the famed Sagano Bamboo Forest was definitely a highlight of our trip. It is here that one can find a sense of serenity, giving new meaning to the saying, “Find your happy place.”

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The natural beauty of the bamboo brings about positive effects on those humbled in their graceful presence. For a brief moment, all is well in the world. The towering stalks quell the most nervous of nerves, spark inspiration, sooth the heart, and provide peace of mind. This is a tranquil environment for those who seek refuge from the stress and noise of daily life.

The lush bamboo shrouded us from the sun and provided a cool shady haven. Nevertheless, slivers of sunlight still made it to the forest floor, where layers of fallen bamboo leaves, now pale yellow with age, have become a part of the forest bed. Gentle winds caused the bamboo stalks towering high above us to bow and sway with a delicate rhythm, their rustling leaves making a sound like falling rain.

Simon and I spent a long time getting lost in that forest.

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