The Japanese Knotweed is known as the following names; fleeceflower, Himalayan Fleece vine, monkeyweed, monkey fungus, Hancock's curse, elephant ears, pea shooters, donkey rhubarb, sally rhubarb, Japanese Bamboo, American bamboo, and Mexican bamboo.
It is not true that the Japanese tied their POW's in bamboo fields and the bamboo grew through them overnight. Bamboo grows at an average rate of two inches a year so it could not possibly grow through a person over night.
strength! Bamboos are one of the few trees that can stand up to hurricanes. Because of that, plus their long life span, they symbolize reliability, courage, good breeding, longevity, good fortune, and impending fame. A bamboo tattoo design could represent any of those meanings.