Cook: Hemp will be our bamboo

Two years ago, when Japanese friends invited me to visit in their newly built home near Tokyo, I discovered that my friends and their compatriots abhor two American staples: clothes dryers and synthetic fibers. Practically every balcony holds clotheslines strung across it. Bedrooms are not carpeted; instead, floors are covered with bamboo matting that is pleasing to the eye and feels good on slipper-clad feet. (My street shoes, like everyone…

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