A bamboo forest in Japan is “crying” as inconsiderate tourists carve graffiti on trees.
The forest, located in Arashiyama, Kyoto, has been attracting tourists from all over the world with its breathtaking serenity that evokes a sense of peace.
But things are far from peaceful for at least 100 bamboo trees, which had been vandalized with English, Chinese, Korean, and some Japanese characters since February, according to Mainichi Shimbun.
While maintenance staff has managed to conceal the damages with some green tape, the affected trees will eventually be cut down.
Ebisuya, a company that helps manage the grove, said in a Facebook announcement:
“Arashiayama’s bamboo is crying.”
Because the damaged trees will be cut down, visitors will no longer experience the grove in its full glory, the company said.
For now, Kyoto officials are calling to stop the graffiti to conserve the trees.
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