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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Independent Plants
Towering Tethered Sunflowers
Towering Tethered Sunflowers

Tethered giants in Shibuya backstreet.

Tree Breaks out of Pot and into Soil
Tree Breaks out of Pot and into Soil

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.

Overgrown Suburban Plot
Overgrown Suburban Plot

Casual colour.

Impromptu Hanging Garden
Impromptu Hanging Garden

City infrastructure fosters independent green.

Lone Pansy
Lone Pansy

Independent decoration

Shinjuku Grass
Shinjuku Grass

A perfect complement to hyper-real neon surroundings appears with no human planning

Shiso in the Pavement
Shiso in the Pavement

Keep your eye on the cracks

Breeze Block Trees
Breeze Block Trees

Gardening for soil-less environs

Independent Green Roof
Independent Green Roof

Untended bicycle parking bay results in lush unintentional green roof.

Wildness in Nishi Azabu Juban
Wildness in Nishi Azabu Juban

There is something comforting to feel wildness in the center of the city

Sidewalk sunflowers
Sidewalk sunflowers

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

Flower Breaking Through Pavement
Flower Breaking Through Pavement

How did it get there? How does it survive the city’s relentless drive to bury every grain of soil?

Power Lines and Tree in Yanaka
Power Lines and Tree in Yanaka

Which came first?

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.

Wildness beside a busy subway platform
Wildness beside a busy subway platform

There is something beautiful to glimpse this inefficient use of space and so much lush greenery in the midst of a dense city

Anyone know the name of this flowering weed?
Anyone know the name of this flowering weed?

I wasn’t sure if it was an intentional plant

Tethered Bush in Packing Strap
Tethered Bush in Packing Strap

A mix of respect for plant life and hassle involved with disposing of plant cuttings?

Public Seating Rock Garden
Public Seating Rock Garden

Unusable public seating repurposed as rock garden at Mt. Takao, West Tokyo.

Aerial Climber
Aerial Climber

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

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 . . .

Mix of Green and Mechanical Design
Mix of Green and Mechanical Design

“Funny mix of green and mechanical design. Jingumae, Tokyo”

Monster Agave Americana
Monster Agave Americana

A monster agave americana displays the resilience and majesty of plants in the face of overwhelming concrete.

Vivid Escapee Bougainvillea
Vivid Escapee Bougainvillea

The elderly man taking a morning stroll in his pajamas stopped to share his amazement and pleasure at the sight.

Volunteer Cactus
Volunteer Cactus

Another example of the resilient, resourceful ways that plants continue to confound our built environment.

Zoushigaya Winter Citrus Trees
Zoushigaya Winter Citrus Trees

Renegade citrus in Zoushigaya.

Moss Covered Roofs and Walls
Moss Covered Roofs and Walls

Even mundane structures come alive when we let nature colonize our habitat.