Bamboo is a very versatile material and thousands of uses have been found for it. The Japanese have beautifully utilized the pliable and plentiful material for centuries. Bamboo sprouts each year and takes only about a year to grow to full size so that, within the space of a couple of years, bamboo is ready for use. The essential beauty of bamboo is accompanied by superior qualities of strength and resilience. All of these qualities culminate within the art of Japanese basket weaving.