It has been told that Moso bamboo is named after the name of youngster, “Moso,” appearing in China’s historical anecdote, Twenty-four Paragon of Filial Piety. It is derived from an anecdote that he searched for bamboo shoots for his mother who fell ill in the middle of winter snow, and finally found them.
It is generally accepted that Moso bamboo, originated from China, is originally brought to Satsuma in 1736 through Ryukyu, but this anecdote has brought in far older than this story. The story is now being succeeded as demonstrated in the object of worship in one of the parade float in the Gion festival in Kyoto, “Moso Mountain,” which seems to be existed before Onin war (1467-1477). In this parade, the doll dressed in Chinese style costumes carries a snow-covered bamboo shoot to pass on the story of the son of filial piety of the book. The Moso bamboo that fits nicely with the Japanese sense. It might be a wonderful filial piety to create a beautiful floor by full use of the rich bamboo expression.