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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Community Gardening
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’.

Fixing a Park Map
Fixing a Park Map

Hand drawn modifications to a public park map detail suggested exit routes.

Memorial Garden in Neighbourhood Park
Memorial Garden in Neighbourhood Park

This well tended local neighbourhood park garden is actually a quiet memorial to a deceased spouse.

PET Bottle Plot
PET Bottle Plot

It’s interesting to see a material that usually acts as a pest deterrent incorporated into the construction of the garden.

Apartment Block Garden Fixtures
Apartment Block Garden Fixtures

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

Riverbank Community Garden in Tsukishima
Riverbank Community Garden in Tsukishima

A great use of dead space, allowing people in a crowded neighborhood to have outdoor plants.

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

Corner Plot
Corner Plot

Informal boundary in sticks and string.

Edogawa Wildflowers
Edogawa Wildflowers

Care and attachment in a desolate landscape.

Lost and Found
Lost and Found

The honesty and community of Tokyo’s walkable suburbs.

Slim Tamagawa Josui Plot
Slim Tamagawa Josui Plot

Gardening by a green road.

Koenji Sidewalk Garden
Koenji Sidewalk Garden

Variety of plants and impeccable maintenance

Goya Awning
Goya Awning

Shade, food, community.

Level 9 Meguro
Level 9 Meguro

Dead space becomes a place of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Hose Storage
Hose Storage

Plants can play many roles in neighbourhood life.

Sides
Sides

Passage territories are invitations to garden.

Edoble
Edoble

Free food every where, in Tokyo

No Parking in Potplants
No Parking in Potplants

A bit of greenification helps keep this inner-city commerce spot free of parked bicycles.

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.

Shibuya Greening Project Update
Shibuya Greening Project Update

Planters in planters.

Gardening for Strangers in Tokyo
Gardening for Strangers in Tokyo

What surprises me still are Tokyo residents’ ingenuity and passion for cultivating plants and community in a crowded, over-built city…..

Tethered Flower Driveway
Tethered Flower Driveway

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

Water Please!
Water Please!

Public planter asks passers-by for a bit of water.

Autumn Nature Watching Timetable Fix
Autumn Nature Watching Timetable Fix

Flexible nature watching timetable in government park.

Japan’s Seven Fall Flowers
Japan’s Seven Fall Flowers

Japan has a famous set of seven fall flowers

Semi-wild, semi-cultivated space in Yoyogi
Semi-wild, semi-cultivated space in Yoyogi

in between two train tracks, an elevated overpass, and a convenience store . . .

Shibuya Greening Project – 「街をきれいに!」
Shibuya Greening Project – 「街をきれいに!」

What happens when disembodied forces try to impose beauty on the city…

Elementary School Morning Glory
Elementary School Morning Glory

The flowers vary in color, and the students track the progress in notebooks. Looks like fun.