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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Other Uses for Gardens
Classic Pot Garden in Shiba/Mita
Classic Pot Garden in Shiba/Mita

Whether intentional or not, the impressive scale of this garden creates a natural security system…..

Ashtray Birdfeeder
Ashtray Birdfeeder

Adding life, scent and song to suburban Tokyo.

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.

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.

Mulberry Season in Tokyo
Mulberry Season in Tokyo

Jam, Cake, Smoothies, Snacking

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

Commuter Relief
Commuter Relief

Weary commuters mold the organic infrastructure of their neighbourhoods.

Pot Plant Space and BBQ Seat
Pot Plant Space and BBQ Seat

Creative double use of an often neglected space.

Tokyo Poppy Seed Bread
Tokyo Poppy Seed Bread

Delicious City-Infused Bread

Parking Garden
Parking Garden

Definition and practical value.

Access
Access

Community forged.

Lost and Found
Lost and Found

The honesty and community of Tokyo’s walkable suburbs.

Hose Storage
Hose Storage

Plants can play many roles in neighbourhood life.

Planter Barriers
Planter Barriers

File under aggressive use of plants.

Informal Florist
Informal Florist

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

Entrance Markers
Entrance Markers

A ramshackle arrangement.

No Parking in Potplants
No Parking in Potplants

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

Tree Supported Washing Line
Tree Supported Washing Line

Trees support a bamboo pole based washing line construction in Tokyo’s Tachikawa suburbs.

Clothes Hanger Garden
Clothes Hanger Garden

Car port hanging garden constructed from modified hangers

Bush as Helmet Storage
Bush as Helmet Storage

Other uses for plants: Helmet drying and storage.

Drunk Salaryman Passed Out in Flower Bed
Drunk Salaryman Passed Out in Flower Bed

There seems something almost poetic about the juxtaposition of office worker, flower and soil.

Postal Garden
Postal Garden

A very practical and compact construction.

Potplant Boundary Setting
Potplant Boundary Setting

Multifunctional pot plant set up.

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.

Tree Supported Washing Line 002
Tree Supported Washing Line 002

Trees support a laundry pole construction in Tokyo’s Tachikawa suburbs.

Tree as Dump
Tree as Dump

The tree closest to the road becomes the default dumping ground for rubbish from the rest of the site.

Tree Storage System
Tree Storage System

Tree in use as a storage system for outdoor cleaning implements.

Elementary School Morning Glory
Elementary School Morning Glory

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

Preparing for Climbers
Preparing for Climbers

Laying the foundations for a summer green wall.

Tree as Storage
Tree as Storage

Space-saving green storage system.