From my vantage point on the 5th floor of an office building at the top of the slope at the Shibuya end of the start of Aoyama Dori I check on the progress of a number of rooftop gardens which are invisible from down below. Even in one of the business centers of Tokyo there is a suprising number of old residences (and office building dead spaces) up high which host bonsai repositaries, vege gardens and shady spots.
The first four images here show a typical domestic garden flush with medium size trees, shrubs and the occasional vege…..I have yet to have my early morning wave from our studio floor to ceiling window returned……
These next four images show lively use of the exterior maintenence (and fire escape?) stairs and landing….roses? Morning glories? My eye/knowledge is not that good.
I love this solitary tree which creates the archetypical urban oasis – Looks fantastic but is probably blindingly hot in the middle of the day…..great for an evening beer!
Here, a very well-stocked bonsai repository among the skylights.
More corporate than DIY but this business forest is something almost invisible from the street, and probably provides welcome shade in summer.
Location: Shibuya, Tokyo