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Tokyo DIY Gardening Hands-on gardening for a crowded city

Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks
Narrow Trackside Colour in Rocks

In the narrow space along a void separating the road and train tracks a tiny spot of colour has been marked out with rocks and concrete blocks. The buildings facing it include a real estate agent, a new modern looking bar with neon signage, a recently closed jigsaw puzzle specialist shop and a small mom-and-pop home appliance store (along with the usual low-rise apartment blocks).

Although easy to remove/dismantle, this construction has a more permanent feel compared to other types of trackside garden (for example, this asagao space). The rocky, dry, soil, passing traffic, and nightly pee-ers from the bar do not constitute an ideal setting but the health and vigor of the plants, and the use of plastic twine to keep them from spilling onto the thoroughfare point to a certain amount of care and attachment on the part of the gardener – whoever he/she may be.

Materials: Rocks, Concrete Blocks, Plastic Twine
Location: Akishima, Tokyo


2 Contributions
  1. ~fer

    One more thing i love about japan. Is so full of flowers. those yellow ones grow everywhere even by themselves.

    Aug 26, 2010

  2. Chris

    Yes! I’m constantly surprised by finding life in the most unlikely/inhospitable of spaces in Tokyo…

    Aug 26, 2010

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