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Goya Awning
Goya Awning

Shade, food, community.

Summer is Loquat Season in Tokyo
Summer is Loquat Season in Tokyo

It’s great to see such huge trees full of orange fruit and accessible from the street.

Two Plants Cover Home
Two Plants Cover Home

Ample plant growth in the most minimal of urban spaces

Makeshift plastic rope trellis for morning glory
Makeshift plastic rope trellis for morning glory

Is this a new trend? I am looking forward to watching these plants grow this summer.

Summer Vegetables on the Sidewalk
Summer Vegetables on the Sidewalk

I love how seasonal and impromptu this vegetable gardening is. A city that’s safe for vegetables and plants is one that also welcomes people.

Early fall color despite heat still on full blast
Early fall color despite heat still on full blast

This sign of fall seems a cruel joke.

Semi-wild, semi-cultivated space in Yoyogi
Semi-wild, semi-cultivated space in Yoyogi

in between two train tracks, an elevated overpass, and a convenience store . . .

Small building in Shinjuku covered in vines
Small building in Shinjuku covered in vines

This small building in a Shinjuku commercial district is buried in vines

More balcony-grown baby watermelon
More balcony-grown baby watermelon

I am surprised at the success of this vertical, balcony watermelon

Sidewalk bitter melons in plastic buckets & twine
Sidewalk bitter melons in plastic buckets & twine

Bitter melon growing in plastic buckets with an elaborate plastic twine trellis supported by a tree branch

Small ledge for green curtain & laundry
Small ledge for green curtain & laundry

Another great example of multi-function outdoor spaces that are incredibly small

Summer-time morning glory
Summer-time morning glory

As their name implies, the flowers are most spectacular in the morning.

Growing eggplant and cucumber on high-rise balcony
Growing eggplant and cucumber on high-rise balcony

Cucumbers grow incredibly fast

Eating balcony-grown watermelon
Eating balcony-grown watermelon

I kept hoping that they would get a bit bigger, but finally I decided to harvest them.

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.

Summer Blackberries in Tokyo
Summer Blackberries in Tokyo

All the classic elements: use of public space in unexpected way, display of citizens’ care and skills, recycling of simple materials…..

Balcony Green Curtain
Balcony Green Curtain

A simple twine structure connecting the railing with the laundry support attached to the balcony ceiling.