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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Inspiration
Ashtray Birdfeeder
Ashtray Birdfeeder

Adding life, scent and song to suburban Tokyo.

Fishing Spot Garden
Fishing Spot Garden

This example made me realize that I’ve been overlooking a whole species of non-plant-related informal city gardens that still display care for, and attachment to, place.

Inviting Totoro to Tokyo
Inviting Totoro to Tokyo

“…..fresh inspiration for cities’ extraordinary possibilities….”

東京フルーツ・レイヤー
東京フルーツ・レイヤー

Japanese version of text for Italian Collabora LIMNO

果物を通じて”おいしい街”を再発見する
果物を通じて”おいしい街”を再発見する

Interview on Japan’s top ‘green ideas’ site, greenz.jp

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.

Higashi Nakano Stroll
Higashi Nakano Stroll

A rambling walk through an inner-city country town.

Article: Tokyo Fruit Layers
Article: Tokyo Fruit Layers

“Understanding fruit layers can help make urban life more social, resilient and delicious”

Pansies in a Sidewalk Crack
Pansies in a Sidewalk Crack

In the world’s largest mega-city, even a crack in the sidewalk can be a place to grow a flower.

Presentation: Human(e) Aspects of Tokyo
Presentation: Human(e) Aspects of Tokyo

Guest lecture at Waseda University, Tokyo.

Presentation: FIXING the Neighbourhood
Presentation: FIXING the Neighbourhood

Presentation for “Transforming Neighbourhoods – Tokyo/Berlin”

Decorative + Practical Danchi Gardening
Decorative + Practical Danchi Gardening

Decorative charm and creative practical application.

Tokyo’s Non-Intentional Landscape
Tokyo's Non-Intentional Landscape

First publication from Tokyo-DIY-Gardening

Still City Tokyo Tour
Still City Tokyo Tour

Feasting on foraged Tokyo treats!

Rainy Day Ramble in far West SuburbZ
Rainy Day Ramble in far West SuburbZ

Rainy ramble in far west Tokyo suburbs

Greening the Chuo-sen
Greening the Chuo-sen

Biophilic encounter on commuter train

Highlighting Japan Article
Highlighting Japan Article

Interviewed for govt PR organ.

Edible Subscapes and Sensual Substitutes
Edible Subscapes and Sensual Substitutes

DRM-infused code candies. Rich subterranean soils.

Traffic Cone Planter
Traffic Cone Planter

Courtesy of Edith Prakoso

Rogue Avocado Planter
Rogue Avocado Planter

Upper class implants

Japan Times Interview
Japan Times Interview

Jared Braiterman interviewed

Living Bouquet
Living Bouquet

Twist ties + Stakes = Dense Street Bouquet

Video: Rooftop Gardening Voyeur
Video: Rooftop Gardening Voyeur

A chance encounter up high.

Small Places of Anarchy in the City
Small Places of Anarchy in the City

Guest post for This Big City

Edogawa Wildflowers
Edogawa Wildflowers

Care and attachment in a desolate landscape.

Tsukishima Green Alleys & Construction
Tsukishima Green Alleys & Construction

Old and new, green alleys and wide boulevards, wood houses and new construction.

Koenji Sidewalk Garden
Koenji Sidewalk Garden

Variety of plants and impeccable maintenance

Mini Farm on Concrete Pad
Mini Farm on Concrete Pad

Recycled and simple materials, like plastic sacks as container pots

Conjunctive Gardening
Conjunctive Gardening

“…imprecise, unrepeatable, imperfect and continuous…”

Informal Florist
Informal Florist

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

Traffic Cone Planter
Traffic Cone Planter

Space efficient roadside planter fix.

Edoble
Edoble

Free food every where, in Tokyo

Conjunctive Gardening
Conjunctive Gardening

Pots, blocks, dirt and plants sit, stand on and burrow over and into each other.

Two Plants Cover Home
Two Plants Cover Home

Ample plant growth in the most minimal of urban spaces

Hand Made Tokyo Preview
Hand Made Tokyo Preview

A preview of a nice document.

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.

PopcornHomestead Curtain
PopcornHomestead Curtain

Prolific and generous Tokyo gardener Joan Bailey is documenting her new and improved green curtain.

Green Curtain Tokyo
Green Curtain Tokyo

Family blog documenting a green curtain.

Balcony Gardening Tokyo
Balcony Gardening Tokyo

A lovely family gardening experiment

[Map Detail] Tokyo DIY Gardening Workshop
[Map Detail] Tokyo DIY Gardening Workshop

A small sample of detail images from the Tokyo map created during last August’s Tokyo-DIY-Gardening workshop.

Tokyo Greenmail
Tokyo Greenmail

Greenmail instead of blackmail, or cute act of guerilla gardening.

PLANTS AND BUILDINGS IN TOKYO
PLANTS AND BUILDINGS IN TOKYO

A photographic essay looking at flowers and trees in a dense city.

A Field of Pots
A Field of Pots

A love affair with dirt knows no bounds, rules, and follows a logic of its own. Right on, I say!

Grape Maniac in Minato-Ku
Grape Maniac in Minato-Ku

Growing your own. Tokyo Style.

Tokyo.Parallellt
Tokyo.Parallellt

A superb Tokyo architecture/space resource.

Joseph Tame’s Gardening: The Birds
Joseph Tame's Gardening: The Birds

Despite living but a few kilometres from Shibuya, in the mornings, with nothing but the sound of birds and the wind in the trees, you can imagine that you’re far from the city, somewhere out in the English countryside.

Joseph Tame’s Gardening
Joseph Tame's Gardening

Doing a little gardening brings me a great deal of pleasure, and helps me feel a lot more in touch with the environment within which I live.

Farming in the Concrete Jungle
Farming in the Concrete Jungle

Great article on urban farming in Tokyo by Dr. Jintana Kawasaki

Public Seating Rock Garden
Public Seating Rock Garden

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

Shinjuku Ward Office greening
Shinjuku Ward Office greening

sidewalk awning with minimal space and maintenance, impacts thousands coming to ward office

[Photo Update] Tokyo DIY Gardening Workshop
[Photo Update] Tokyo DIY Gardening Workshop

Some photos from the great map which all the participants created.

Rose Bush Takes Over House
Rose Bush Takes Over House

The inside must be filled with delicious scent of the roses and feel miles away from the city life just outside the door.

Tiny Paradise in Meguro-ku
Tiny Paradise in Meguro-ku

Who needs a yard?!

Recent pictures 最近の写真
Recent pictures 最近の写真

These recent pictures documenting the progress of Tak Watanabe and daughter’s first green wall are amazing.

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.

Balcony overflows with bougainvillea and other plants
Balcony overflows with bougainvillea and other plants

This corner balcony must have 40 or even 100 plants. I wonder what it looks like from inside the apartment.

Rose-covered homeware shop in Nishi Ogikubo
Rose-covered homeware shop in Nishi Ogikubo

Flowers as exuberant storefront!

Maison Harajuku
Maison Harajuku

A single vine originates from the right side of the front of the building……..

A Single Manicured Tree
A Single Manicured Tree

I like the generosity of the owner who shares this tree equally with passers-by and the residence’s inhabitants and guests.

Gorgeous Tree Garden in Sendaji
Gorgeous Tree Garden in Sendaji

So many people think that all they can plant are simple flower boxes, when vertical solutions can be so much more lush and interesting….