Adding life, scent and song to suburban Tokyo.
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.
“…..fresh inspiration for cities’ extraordinary possibilities….”
Japanese version of text for Italian Collabora LIMNO
Interview on Japan’s top ‘green ideas’ site, greenz.jp
Affixing small hangers and substantial brackets to increase the plant population.
Unique reuse of traditional materials.
A rambling walk through an inner-city country town.
“Understanding fruit layers can help make urban life more social, resilient and delicious”
In the world’s largest mega-city, even a crack in the sidewalk can be a place to grow a flower.
Guest lecture at Waseda University, Tokyo.
Presentation for “Transforming Neighbourhoods – Tokyo/Berlin”
Decorative charm and creative practical application.
First publication from Tokyo-DIY-Gardening
Feasting on foraged Tokyo treats!
Rainy ramble in far west Tokyo suburbs
Biophilic encounter on commuter train
Interviewed for govt PR organ.
DRM-infused code candies. Rich subterranean soils.
Courtesy of Edith Prakoso
Upper class implants
Jared Braiterman interviewed
Twist ties + Stakes = Dense Street Bouquet
A chance encounter up high.
Guest post for This Big City
Care and attachment in a desolate landscape.
Old and new, green alleys and wide boulevards, wood houses and new construction.
Variety of plants and impeccable maintenance
Recycled and simple materials, like plastic sacks as container pots
“…imprecise, unrepeatable, imperfect and continuous…”
Relaxed, honesty-box style informal florist makes a delightful addition to an afternoon stroll.
Space efficient roadside planter fix.
Free food every where, in Tokyo
Pots, blocks, dirt and plants sit, stand on and burrow over and into each other.
Ample plant growth in the most minimal of urban spaces
A preview of a nice document.
Another example of the hand made aspects of Japanese mass-made toilets.
How cool that the students are offering the station something alive.
Prolific and generous Tokyo gardener Joan Bailey is documenting her new and improved green curtain.
Family blog documenting a green curtain.
A lovely family gardening experiment
A small sample of detail images from the Tokyo map created during last August’s Tokyo-DIY-Gardening workshop.
Greenmail instead of blackmail, or cute act of guerilla gardening.
A photographic essay looking at flowers and trees in a dense city.
A love affair with dirt knows no bounds, rules, and follows a logic of its own. Right on, I say!
Growing your own. Tokyo Style.
A superb Tokyo architecture/space resource.
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.
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.
Great article on urban farming in Tokyo by Dr. Jintana Kawasaki
Unusable public seating repurposed as rock garden at Mt. Takao, West Tokyo.
sidewalk awning with minimal space and maintenance, impacts thousands coming to ward office
Some photos from the great map which all the participants created.
The inside must be filled with delicious scent of the roses and feel miles away from the city life just outside the door.
Who needs a yard?!
These recent pictures documenting the progress of Tak Watanabe and daughter’s first green wall are amazing.
A monster agave americana displays the resilience and majesty of plants in the face of overwhelming concrete.
The elderly man taking a morning stroll in his pajamas stopped to share his amazement and pleasure at the sight.
This corner balcony must have 40 or even 100 plants. I wonder what it looks like from inside the apartment.
Flowers as exuberant storefront!
A single vine originates from the right side of the front of the building……..
I like the generosity of the owner who shares this tree equally with passers-by and the residence’s inhabitants and guests.
So many people think that all they can plant are simple flower boxes, when vertical solutions can be so much more lush and interesting….