Is "bamboo grove" pronounced 竹林【ちくりん】 or 竹林【たけばやし】?

I found some pages here



...but I do not see a clear indication of when to use one or the other.

  • 2
    It seems 日本国語大辞典 gives ちくりん, たけばやし, and たかばやし as equivalent options. But ちくりん is the main article. Commented Oct 18, 2022 at 10:40

1 Answer 1


The kango-reading (ちくりん) should be clearly more common in government documents and technical contexts, but both readings are natural in TV shows, novels, blogs and such, and it's a matter of taste. Some words can have different meanings depending on how they are read (e.g., さんどう vs やまみち or きょう vs こんにち), but that is not the case here. I personally think it's generally safe to always use ちくりん when in doubt.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .