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.
In the world’s largest mega-city, even a crack in the sidewalk can be a place to grow a flower.
Fine-grained care and human(e) attachment
A bed of succulents created in the tightest of spaces – A sensitive, practical and elegant solution.
Rainy ramble in far west Tokyo suburbs
Definition and practical value.
Casual, unplanned, resilient.
Variety of plants and impeccable maintenance
Delicious pickled, marmaladed, or squashed up in the mouth…..
Shade, food, community.
“…imprecise, unrepeatable, imperfect and continuous…”
Permanence of impermanent structure; Relaxed hiding space; Natural cooling; Shade.
Keep your eye on the cracks
Gardening for soil-less environs
Edible adaption and adoption.
Molded to the edge of the plot.
Flexible, tiered, lithe.
Space efficient roadside planter fix.
Pots, blocks, dirt and plants sit, stand on and burrow over and into each other.
Bare curbside bonsai on a block in Kyoto.
A ramshackle arrangement.
Dead space unsuable for parking or commerce.
Decorating a smoking/drink machine ‘rest spot’.
Long roadside planter constructed of loosely packed bricks.
Mature trees support their still-potted adolescent friend.
in full bloom and towering over the pedestrians
the wall uses minimal space to provide a green corridor
Loose bricks arranged around potplants beautify a suburban retail space.
a tree of death, made of dozens of cigarette cartons and festooned with Christmas lights
Breeze blocks that form the edging of a carpark double as sturdy plant pots.
Made of a whole variety of containers – some purchased, some styrofoam coolers put to fresh use – it was a bright spot on an otherwise cement-filled busy street.
Whether intentional or not, the impressive scale of this garden creates a natural security system…..
What made this particular garden stand out is the fact that it is composed entirely of plants still in their garden center pots and plastic containers.
Precarious yet thoughtful, this construction does not intrude into the narrow thoroughfare any further than the curb line.
A lightweight and considerate garden.
Space for gardening more important that private transport in a leafy Tokyo suburb.
Extra curbside space eked out for a planter row.
Is this a new trend? I am looking forward to watching these plants grow this summer.
A few bricks in the right place can help turn dead into living + edible space.
Resembling a battleship plowing through the water, this garden takes over almost the entire street frontage of the building.
While the resultant rice will probably not be enough for a meal, this experiment adds a different element to the usual curbside vege-garden fare.
Creating curbside planter space with bricks and wood.
I love how seasonal and impromptu this vegetable gardening is. A city that’s safe for vegetables and plants is one that also welcomes people.
Claiming urban space for gardening is simple.
I love the small strips of green space between the sidewalk and the street.
An arrangement of pot plants is given shape and presence by a brick border.
More tree gathering.
Aesthetically pleasing and responsible.
Respect, privacy, decoration.
Planters on planters.
Lovely pink gabella lives along Ome Kaido..all by itself
Creating even more space for plants.
Boundary extension in pots.
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
A very practical and compact construction.
Did the bicycle owner leave the potted plant in the basket, or did a stranger deposit it there?
despite the lack of ground soil and space . . I admire the gardener’s generosity to passing pedestrians and bicyclists
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
this collection of bonsais sits on recycled containers
One amazing fall flower is the very fragrant kinmokusei
an amazing fall flower is the very fragrant kinmokusei (キンモクセイ)
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. [...]
this narrow Nishi Azabu Juban bar is defined by the curbside street tree
Most people would think there’s no room for a garden
Nearly all of the pots rests on stools or low tables
This plant sales person has staked out valuable real estate
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
in between two train tracks, an elevated overpass, and a convenience store . . .
This concrete curbside planter adds a permanent garden in the narrow space between wall and curb.
High hanging pots in wire
Use of existing plants in garden construction
A small asagao pot garden and overwhelming garden jungle in Meguro-ku.
Rocks and concrete blocks mark out narrow marginal space for a bright shock of colour.
Who needs a yard?!
The planting is amazingly thick, creating a green wall between the sidewalk and the large boulevard. . .
Bitter melon growing in plastic buckets with an elaborate plastic twine trellis supported by a tree branch
Frayed rope for security or stabilization?
Curbside as home for hot chili garden.
I wonder how the neighbor cooked them.
I am sure that tending rice in the city makes residents appreciate eating rice even more
A lovely understated planter in Yanaka.
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
Healthy goya and tomato green curtain, with an interesting attachment.
Grapes are a feature fruit in Tokyo, from the inner-city to the outer suburbs.
Another example of the resilient, resourceful ways that plants continue to confound our built environment.
Ways to provide extra space for a curbside garden.
Pots-on-pots for a quick and cheap way to add garden space at the residential border.
A very green wall constructed from planters and Pots
Scarce curbside space modified to create a pot plant garden. A sturdy, non-permanent solution.