This is the rubbish drop-off point across the road from my apartment complex. A grimey metal shed, with a tiny triangle of weeds and scrub at its southern end, at the point where a side road breaks off from the main thoroughfare.
It has been roped off informally and appears unloved and lacking purpose – we feel grateful that it has not turned into a dumping ground for rubbish that cannot be disposed of free of charge.
Every late summer/early autumn, however, the local woman across the street who ‘holds the keys’ to the rubbish drop-off point takes charge and creates a bright spot of color in this dead space, as well as down the side of a couple of nearby buildings and a few other pockets. Her motivation comes from simply wanting to brighten the space up – she has lived in the area for a long time and as she is the caretaker of the rubbish point her sphere of concern has come to stretch the 30 metres from her house up the road to mine.
Location: Akishima, Tokyo