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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Decoration
Rubbish Drop-off Roof Garden
Rubbish Drop-off Roof Garden

A lovely twist to the usually forboding and odorous gaping deadspace.

Smoking Spot Beautification in Can and Flowers
Smoking Spot Beautification in Can and Flowers

Decorating a smoking/drink machine ‘rest spot’.

Towering Tethered Sunflowers
Towering Tethered Sunflowers

Tethered giants in Shibuya backstreet.

Apartment Block Garden Fixtures
Apartment Block Garden Fixtures

Affixing small hangers and substantial brackets to increase the plant population.

Roof Tile Planter
Roof Tile Planter

Unique reuse of traditional materials.

Deadspace Care and Attachment
Deadspace Care and Attachment

Unexpected care for run-down suburban dead space.

Young Goya Tunnel
Young Goya Tunnel

Appropriation, connection.

Organic Decoration
Organic Decoration

Out of season fox face tied to a tree add a splash of colour to a central Harajuku street.

Flowers & Plants in Metro Men’s Rooms
Flowers & Plants in Metro Men's Rooms

Low-cost greenery to improve pedestrian spaces.

Decorative + Practical Danchi Gardening
Decorative + Practical Danchi Gardening

Decorative charm and creative practical application.

Care for Edogawa Wildflowers
Care for Edogawa Wildflowers

Fine-grained care and human(e) attachment

PET Bottle Planters
PET Bottle Planters

Early 2003 example from Nagoya

Memorial Asagao
Memorial Asagao

Notes from memory-infused morning glories

Takeaway Gardenias
Takeaway Gardenias

Local gambling zone offers flowers to regulars & neighbours

Traffic Cone Planter
Traffic Cone Planter

Courtesy of Edith Prakoso

Overgrown Suburban Plot
Overgrown Suburban Plot

Casual colour.

Living Bouquet
Living Bouquet

Twist ties + Stakes = Dense Street Bouquet

Floral Stairway
Floral Stairway

Suburban colour.

Seashell Border
Seashell Border

Ocean-in-Suburbs

Edogawa Wildflowers
Edogawa Wildflowers

Care and attachment in a desolate landscape.

Goya Awning
Goya Awning

Shade, food, community.

Plants + Recycled Items in Takamatsu
Plants + Recycled Items in Takamatsu

Cafe decoration in Shikoku.

Stepped Garden and Imposing Creeper
Stepped Garden and Imposing Creeper

Humble color + striking feature.

Simple Clothes Hanger Garden
Simple Clothes Hanger Garden

Laundry pole + clothes hangers in Omotesando

Informal Florist
Informal Florist

Relaxed, honesty-box style informal florist makes a delightful addition to an afternoon stroll.

Two Plants Cover Home
Two Plants Cover Home

Ample plant growth in the most minimal of urban spaces

Entrance Markers
Entrance Markers

A ramshackle arrangement.

Mosquito Repellent Vase in Park Toilet
Mosquito Repellent Vase in Park Toilet

Another example of the hand made aspects of Japanese mass-made toilets.

School children give pansies to Metro station
School children give pansies to Metro station

How cool that the students are offering the station something alive.

Succulents in rusty recycled cans
Succulents in rusty recycled cans

Another only-in-Tokyo street beauty

Giant sidewalk sunflowers in full bloom
Giant sidewalk sunflowers in full bloom

in full bloom and towering over the pedestrians

A tree of death outside Family Mart
A tree of death outside Family Mart

a tree of death, made of dozens of cigarette cartons and festooned with Christmas lights

Golfer’s Fence
Golfer's Fence

Avid golfer brings hobby home to the garden.

S-Hooks are Tokyo’s super glue
S-Hooks are Tokyo’s super glue

this hanging pot relies on an S-hook to attach itself to the existing built environment

Sidewalk sunflowers
Sidewalk sunflowers

I love the small strips of green space between the sidewalk and the street.

Tethered Flower Driveway
Tethered Flower Driveway

High-priced residence, luxury car, beautiful flower, and humble maintenence method.

Gathered Tree in Plastic Twine
Gathered Tree in Plastic Twine

Aesthetically pleasing and responsible.

Postal Garden
Postal Garden

A very practical and compact construction.

Potted plant in bicycle basket
Potted plant in bicycle basket

Did the bicycle owner leave the potted plant in the basket, or did a stranger deposit it there?

Japanese anemone signal fall
Japanese anemone signal fall

naming confusion is quite common with flower and plants

Simple + Fresh Wire Rack Planter
Simple + Fresh Wire Rack Planter

Simple, fresh yellow flower planter on wire rack.

Fall perennial border in pots on curbside
Fall perennial border in pots on curbside

despite the lack of ground soil and space . . I admire the gardener’s generosity to passing pedestrians and bicyclists

Guest photo from Hiyoko Imai
Guest photo from Hiyoko Imai

Much of the daily fabric of urban life, instead, feels like this photo: a bunch of stuff bolted on to other stuff

Beloperone guttata or little shrimp plant (コエビソウ) growing between 2 walls
Beloperone guttata or little shrimp plant (コエビソウ) growing between 2 walls

Tokyo’s ample rainfall allows plants to thrive in the most unlikely places.

Spider lilies are everywhere in Tokyo during fall
Spider lilies are everywhere in Tokyo during fall

They are extremely hardy, and pop up everywhere in the fall on green stalks with no leaves.

Bonsais displayed on sidewalk and street
Bonsais displayed on sidewalk and street

this collection of bonsais sits on recycled containers

Have you smelled kinmokusei?
Have you smelled kinmokusei?

One amazing fall flower is the very fragrant kinmokusei

Hanging plant decorates fence in front of empty lot
Hanging plant decorates fence in front of empty lot

My guess is that both of these plant interventions. . . were created by neighbors getting tired of seeing the empty lot and its weeds

Aerial Climber
Aerial Climber

The role of built environmental artifacts/components will increasingly be that of trellis.

Neighborhood sunflowers
Neighborhood sunflowers

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. […]

Elegant Nezu Museum garden
Elegant Nezu Museum garden

enchanted by how the light struck this worn boat, the plants growing in its bow, and the illusion of . . .

Lush sidewalk garden in Nishi Azabu Juban
Lush sidewalk garden in Nishi Azabu Juban

Most people would think there’s no room for a garden

Elaborate sidewalk garden with plant labels
Elaborate sidewalk garden with plant labels

Nearly all of the pots rests on stools or low tables

Mobile Bonsai Shop on Omotesando
Mobile Bonsai Shop on Omotesando

This plant sales person has staked out valuable real estate

Giant hedge frames modern house in Nakano
Giant hedge frames modern house in Nakano

Sometimes just 2 hedges = beautiful garden

Beautiful water plants in bowl outside Shizen
Beautiful water plants in bowl outside Shizen

A simple bowl with plants can really add visual impact to a central city sidewalk.

Balcony garden update
Balcony garden update

It’s amazing what you can fit in a sunny narrow space.

Summer-time morning glory
Summer-time morning glory

As their name implies, the flowers are most spectacular in the morning.

Planter in Yanaka
Planter in Yanaka

A lovely understated planter in Yanaka.

Ivy trained into an X-shape topiary
Ivy trained into an X-shape topiary

This local person must enjoy plants and the opportunity to make something artful in a small space.

Fresh Flowers in Freeway Service Station
Fresh Flowers in Freeway Service Station

I love the care that someone is taking in a space that others are just passing through…..