Petits pots et jardins by Yasuyuki Takagi


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Petits pots et jardins by Yasuyuki Takagi

Ueki, 植木.

Bohemian gardens in Tokyo
The words Nature and Tokyo seem antithetical. One of the largest cities in the world gives us the image of concrete jungle. Yet nature is present, but on a different scale. Tokyo is about 5sqm of park space for each citizen. New-York has about 25 sqm. But nature is not found in place you usually look for (such as parks). In Tokyo, nature intrudes in interstice. Piecemeal fragments of nature crumble alongside narrow alleys (small private gardens, potted plants and trees in the door step ofprivate residences). By these millions of pottered plants in the streets, walkways and alleys, inhabitants take a part of public space (illegally most of the time). Often streets are not grey but green because of these hybrid landscapes, these informal, bohemian’s gardens. Associated with the old part of Tokyo, the “low city”, these alleys crowded with potted plants collides with the image of a modern Tokyo. The photographs could be a promenade in this unexpected Tokyo, – may be a form of sustainable development and new concept of space, expression of creativity of the inhabitants

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Weight 0.850 kg

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