The 5 Virtues of Bamboo You Didn't Know


Bamboo has always been a significant icon in East Asian Culture. As a symbolisation of virtue, bamboo is always closely related to people of positive spirits. Its deep root denotes resoluteness, straight stem represents honourability, its interior modesty and its clean exterior exemplifies chastity.

Bamboo culture has always played a positive role in encouraging people to hold on when facing tough situations, with its ability to bend with the wind and not break.

Choo Yilin Bamboo Forest Jade Bangle

The Choo Yilin Bamboo Forest Jade Bangle

The Bamboo that bends is stronger than the Oak that resists.
— Japanese Proverb

1. Bend but don't break. Be flexible yet firmly rooted

Bamboo sways with even the gentlest of winds. Even though they sway harmoniously with the wind, their foundation is solid, never fighting against the breeze. In time, even the strongest wind ceases, but bamboo remains standing tall and still.


2. Don't judge a book by its cover

Compared to other trees in the forest, Bamboo may seem frail and insignificant. However, bamboo can endure cold winters and extremely hot summers and are sometimes the only trees left standing in the aftermath of a typhoon. They may not reach the heights of the other trees, but they always stand tall and strong.


3. The power to spring back from adversity

In winter, falling snow bends the bamboo backwards towards the ground. Though the snow is heavy, bamboo does not snap. Till the day the snow falls off, the bamboo springs back up tall again, brushing aside all the snow.


4. The commitment to continuous growth

Bamboo trees are among the fastest-growing plants in the world. Watching them day to day you may not notice its growth, but looking back after more time has passed, you will be surprised at its progress. Bamboo also grows fastest around the rainy season, representing its determination to succeed through harsh conditions.


5. Express usefulness through adversity

Unlike other types of wood which take a lot of processing and finishing to reach its finished product, bamboo needs little of that. Aikido master Kensho Furuya says that "The Bamboo in its simplicity expresses its usefulness. Man should do the same." The beauty of Bamboo is in its simplicity.



Delicately weaved with classic artisanal finesse and symbolic of Asian grace, the Choo Yilin Bamboo collection triumphantly exudes both feminine and minimalist charms.