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Core Kyoto

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Core Kyoto

The ancient capital, Kyoto, continues to be innovative after 1,200 years. We dive deep into its core in this definitive program.


Thu.14:30 - 15:00
20:30 - 21:00
Fri.2:30 - 3:00
8:30 - 9:00

Jul. 31, Thu.*This program was first broadcast on May 15

Bamboo Culture: New life in Spring Enriches the Ancient Capital

Kyoto has long-been a leading bamboo-growing region. Bamboo was considered holy in ancient times for its strong vitality. It is used at shrines and palaces as the barrier between the sacred and secular worlds. Gagaku music for the deities is played on bamboo instruments. Since Heian times, this durable, pliable material was important in the development of Japanese architecture in Kyoto, such as garden gates and fences. Bamboo also appears in various capacities in the diet and clothing of Kyoto.

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