Special knots are used for bamboo fencing, training trees, and for decoration. Here is a short video demonstrating a simple knot called “Otoko musu.” For the demonstration, the usual black palm rope is replaced with white cord to make it easier to follow the ties. The videos are taken at Otsuka Bamboo Company in Kyoto, Japan. Several other knots are simply variations of this knot.
The Kumamoto En Japanese Garden is part of the Sister City relationship between Kumamoto City, Japan and San Antonio, Texas. It was constructed between March and April of 1989 by a team of carefully selected volunteer craftsmen and landscapers from Kumamoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, and San Antonio. This team included craftsmen from Yasuimoku Koumuten in Kyoto. The garden is patterned after the famous 300 year old Suizenji Park 水前寺 in Kumamoto and contains many of the same elements. These plaques in English and Japanese stand at the entrance to the Kumamoto En (pictured below).