I wish that governments and residents would begin to de-pave Tokyo, and it’s great to see that domestic plants are not waiting for us to act.
A rambling walk through an inner-city country town.
In the world’s largest mega-city, even a crack in the sidewalk can be a place to grow a flower.
Low-cost greenery to improve pedestrian spaces.
A great use of dead space, allowing people in a crowded neighborhood to have outdoor plants.
That’s a lot of flowers for one tiny space.
Many of Tokyo’s residential neighborhood parks are poorly maintained and under-used……
All the apartments have nets, perhaps to deter birds, yet few are so well used.
Casual, unplanned, resilient.
I love the variety of plants, and the way the garden adds onto what is already there.
Old and new, green alleys and wide boulevards, wood houses and new construction.
A perfect complement to hyper-real neon surroundings appears with no human planning
Variety of plants and impeccable maintenance
Shade, food, community.
Recycled and simple materials, like plastic sacks as container pots
Edible adaption and adoption.
Space efficient roadside planter fix.
It’s great to see such huge trees full of orange fruit and accessible from the street.
Ample plant growth in the most minimal of urban spaces
How cool that the students are offering the station something alive.
What makes a city desirable?
in full bloom and towering over the pedestrians
the wall uses minimal space to provide a green corridor
a tree of death, made of dozens of cigarette cartons and festooned with Christmas lights
A photographic essay looking at flowers and trees in a dense city.
There is something comforting to feel wildness in the center of the city
this hanging pot relies on an S-hook to attach itself to the existing built environment
Covering a Tokyo building with lavender plants, or creating small lavender city farms . . .
So many city dwellers think they have no space to grow anything. Recently I posted photos of a persimmon tree near my apartment that is three stories tall and full of fruit. I went back to take a shot of its trunk. Actually, it turns out that there are two trees growing in a space […]
hardy and decorative, with a shamanistic function in its native Amazon habitat
I cannot discern if this question expresses national modesty, a sense of inferiority, or ignorance
Did the bicycle owner leave the potted plant in the basket, or did a stranger deposit it there?
naming confusion is quite common with flower and plants
despite the lack of ground soil and space . . I admire the gardener’s generosity to passing pedestrians and bicyclists
. . . the Kanda River viewed from Nakano Fujimichio, with an orange tree in the foreground and the skyscrapers of Nishi Shinjuku in the background
Much of the daily fabric of urban life, instead, feels like this photo: a bunch of stuff bolted on to other stuff
Tokyo’s ample rainfall allows plants to thrive in the most unlikely places.
Recently, I have noticed oranges, persimmons, and even pomegranate growing in my neighbors’ tiny gardens and balconies
They are extremely hardy, and pop up everywhere in the fall on green stalks with no leaves.
It’s great to see people make use of work time and space for some vegetable gardening.
this collection of bonsais sits on recycled containers
One amazing fall flower is the very fragrant kinmokusei
These massive structures are the opposite of the small lanes that make Tokyo feel so village-like and livable.
There is something beautiful to glimpse this inefficient use of space and so much lush greenery in the midst of a dense city
an amazing fall flower is the very fragrant kinmokusei (キンモクセイ)
My guess is that both of these plant interventions. . . were created by neighbors getting tired of seeing the empty lot and its weeds
I wasn’t sure if it was an intentional plant
What’s growing in your neighborhood?
I love how these sunflowers are growing at the intersection of two small streets, and how the round flowers echo the larger, convex street mirror. The flowers grow in a tiny scrap of soil just outside the wall around a residence. After preparing the image, I realized that I took a similar photo last year. […]
enchanted by how the light struck this worn boat, the plants growing in its bow, and the illusion of . . .
this narrow Nishi Azabu Juban bar is defined by the curbside street tree
Most people would think there’s no room for a garden
Japan has a famous set of seven fall flowers
A baby bitter melon in the rain, with its flower still attached
Nearly all of the pots rests on stools or low tables
This plant sales person has staked out valuable real estate
This sign of fall seems a cruel joke.
Sometimes just 2 hedges = beautiful garden
A simple bowl with plants can really add visual impact to a central city sidewalk.
sidewalk awning with minimal space and maintenance, impacts thousands coming to ward office
It’s amazing what you can fit in a sunny narrow space.
in between two train tracks, an elevated overpass, and a convenience store . . .
This small building in a Shinjuku commercial district is buried in vines
The planting is amazingly thick, creating a green wall between the sidewalk and the large boulevard. . .
I am surprised at the success of this vertical, balcony watermelon
Bitter melon growing in plastic buckets with an elaborate plastic twine trellis supported by a tree branch
Another great example of multi-function outdoor spaces that are incredibly small
As their name implies, the flowers are most spectacular in the morning.
Cucumbers grow incredibly fast
I wonder how the neighbor cooked them.
I am sure that tending rice in the city makes residents appreciate eating rice even more
It covers the window, and dwarfs in size the adjacent vending machine
Ripe cherry tomatoes growing safely on the sidewalk, within arms reach of the laundry hanging to dry
I kept hoping that they would get a bit bigger, but finally I decided to harvest them.
This local person must enjoy plants and the opportunity to make something artful in a small space.
The flowers vary in color, and the students track the progress in notebooks. Looks like fun.
This corner balcony must have 40 or even 100 plants. I wonder what it looks like from inside the apartment.
My watermelon plant has produced an enormous amount of growth in just two months on the balcony…….
All the classic elements: use of public space in unexpected way, display of citizens’ care and skills, recycling of simple materials…..
Flowers as exuberant storefront!
Renegade citrus in Zoushigaya.
Old Tokyo neighborhoods like Zoushigaya are full of plant lovers who manage to create gardens where there is almost no space…..
I like the generosity of the owner who shares this tree equally with passers-by and the residence’s inhabitants and guests.
Even the smallest horizontal space can support a substantial tree, with seasonal color and scent.
I love the care that someone is taking in a space that others are just passing through…..
For urban gardeners, one key question is how to get plants, soil and pot from store to house…….