Some 100 bamboo plants vandalized in Kyoto
NHK -- May 18
Kyoto City officials have discovered about 100 bamboo plants in the city's Arashiyama district vandalized.

They say they found various letters and Chinese characters carved into the plants' stems.

They say the vandalism began around February and has increased rapidly since April.

The city has put up signs in foreign languages. It also plans to introduce other preventive measures, such as installing higher fences around the bamboo grove.

The city began to allow tourists to visit the forest of several-thousand bamboo plants 3 years ago for free.

It has become one of the most popular sightseeing spots in the ancient Japanese capital.

An official managing the plants says the roots of bamboo plants are interconnected, so a scar on one could affect others.

He said he wants visitors not to harm the plants.

京都市嵐山の竹林で、竹を傷つけ、外国語で落書きされているのが多数見つかりました。 落書きが見つかったのは、観光名所の嵐山の「竹林の散策路」と呼ばれるエリアです。約100本の竹が傷つけられ、アルファベットやハングルなどで人の名前や日付などが彫られています。
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