Japan has a long history of using bamboo materials for traditional household items and architectural features. Pound for pound bamboo is stronger than wood, and it regenerates faster and often costs less. In addition, I find it so beautiful, especially when still green. One edge of the SASU ICHI property is bordered by a path—less than 2 meters wide--that used to be the main road through the village (before vehicles). On the other side of the path lies a wooded slope dropping sharply to the SASAMA river below. As residents still use the path to stroll around the village, even moreso now that we’ve restored SASU ICHI’s lovely garden, we’ve re-installed a safety fence to guard against falls. Choosing bamboo for the fence material adds yet another shade of green to the palette of the SASAMA rainy season mosses, ferns and foliage.