The Japanese word for bamboo is take and young edible bamboo culms are called takenoko.
Interesting facts about bamboo in Japan
In Japan bamboo represents luck and strength. They are also found all across the country because the climate is ideal for its growth and as a result, the Japanese having been utilizing it for thousands of years. For example, in building and construction as well as for various handicrafts such as the shakuhachi musical wind instrument. Also, bamboo sprouts are regularly used in Japanese cuisine.
But the best part is the many bamboo forests located across Japan. Not only is taking a stroll through one of them a magical and surreal experience but it can also be downright scary.