…we’re plot­ting ev­ery pos­si­ble ex­cuse to ex­tend your sum­mer. As the fiercest heat eases off in Mex­ico, now is the per­fect time to ven­ture to the 775-mile­long Baja Cal­i­for­nia penin­sula

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Editor’s Letter - Rus­sell Pear­son works for KLM in Hol­land and spent a week in Ja­pan

I was on hol­i­day vis­it­ing rel­a­tives with my wife, who is half Ja­panese, when we took a trip to the dis­trict of Arashiyama on the out­skirts of Ky­oto. It’s known for its bam­boo grove, and when I ar­rived I was over­whelmed by the size of the bam­boo. The way the sun glowed through the shoots was mag­i­cal, and the path­ways cut through the groves cre­ated amaz­ing lead­ing lines to play with. When I look at this photo it makes me want to head right back – Ja­pan is an in­cred­i­ble coun­try and there’s so much to ex­plore, but re­turn­ing to the Arashiyama Bam­boo Grove is firmly on my to-do list.

Bam­boo is the world’s fastest-grow­ing plant, at up to 91cm a day – Arashiyama’s grove reaches around 30 me­tres high post­cards@lone­ly­planet.com

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