On a morning walk from Nakano station on the Chuo line to Shinjuku we came upon this imposing corner pot plant construction.
Resembling a battleship plowing through the water, this garden takes over almost the entire street frontage of the building – to the point where street facing sliding doors are almost totally hidden from view and unusable except for ventilation purposes.
An interesting feature of this garden in the way that all pots are labeled with (presumably) the name of the owner – ‘Goshima’ – something I haven’t come across before in the generally safe and trusting streets of Tokyo. Perhaps Goshima-san has had a bad experience, or perhaps he/she is just paranoid…I’d like to have a chat to find out.
The labeling of the pots reminds me of the practice of labeling and displaying the personal liquor bottles of regular patrons at local bars. It would be nice to see the practice extended to pot plant gardens – not necessarily as a mark of ownership but as a display of community…to say “here is the garden that all of us made!” (this could also encourage discussion and communication among fellow gardeners – “hey Suzuki, your beans are going strong!”, “Oi! Yamaguchi, your tomatoes were looking a bit thirsty so I gave them a drink this morning!”)