Making good use of a little corner

Look at the girl in the picture, she is planting some tomatoes in little corner between two roads in the middle of Tokyo. Isn’t it amazing? She cares about that little place of land lost in Tokyo’s immensity, and what is more amazing is that she doesn’t seem worried about people or dogs destroying her tomatoes and her lavender.

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This is a picture from the other side of the same piece of land, so you can see how other people is also planting and making good use of it.

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36 Comments
  • _rem

    June 16, 2008 at 6:26 am

    I’ve met some asian people picking up soar herb from run about in France.

    but growing them beside the pavement is another story!
    haha

  • tornadoes28

    June 16, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I’ve said this before about the United States and I’ll say it again. If this was done in the middle of a major city like Los Angeles, it absolutely would get trampled by dogs or people or stolen.

  • CS

    June 16, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Maybe they are a apart of the Gurrilla Gardeners?

    http://www.guerrillagardening.org/

  • x

    June 17, 2008 at 1:59 am

    This is so sweet. Got to love these people.

  • kirai

    June 17, 2008 at 3:06 am

    CS; cool!

  • tornadoes28

    June 17, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Yes, I have read about the guerilla gardeners. LA could use more of them.

  • Karasu-kun

    June 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    This makes me smile. Although Japan never ceases to make me smile due to uniquely altruistic acts like this one. ^^

  • Lynnertic

    June 25, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Tornadoes, You wouldn’t say that if you knew that Griffith Park was covered in guerilla gardens, some of them were named after their caretakers.

    I think the fire last year wiped a lot of them out.

  • Ohmmade

    June 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    tornadoes:

    There are hundreds of gurellia gardeners in LA. There is a place called “farmlab” that built an enormous cornfield in downtown LA next to railroad tracks.

    There are almost 100 sites in LA alone that are “community gardens”, and more and more guerilla gardeners are coming into the fold every day.

    It’s nice what this one woman is doing, but we also have hundreds here doing the same, and we shouldn’t be discredited!

  • susan harris

    June 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Hello. I write about urban gardening in the U.S. and would LOVE to use the lower of these 3 photos, then link to this page of your blog. GardenRant is a very popular team blog that’s read throughout the English-speaking world. Susan

  • Rick

    June 25, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Who’s the cute girl?

  • Coal

    June 25, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    What part of Tokyo was this? It looks like it’s just round the corner from my office. If so, I’d like to keep an eye on the tomatoes…

  • Technetium

    June 25, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve seen this done before, in San Francisco. It was in the Haight-Ashbury district. There were flowers and vegetables planted around the trees in the sidewalk, and surrounded with chicken wire or little fences to keep them safe.

  • Aaron Greener

    June 26, 2008 at 2:03 am

    lovin the greenery!
    This is just a typical yet fundamental difference in the mind set of East V West when it comes to the planet.
    The West consider space to be nothing more than building sites, to further perpetuate the ridiculousness of this shitty Capitalist existence, and yet we buy house plants because it is good for the air, lol! JOKERS WE ARE!!!
    Yet our Eastern counterparts however, see the tiniest little space as a haven for nature, creating bio-diversity and even sustaining harvestable crops from such pursuits, So what do we have to learn? I ask myself,- What can they learn from us? Is the reply!
    Think about it guys Pro’s and Con’s!!!
    I know where I would rather be, what do you think?
    I might even go and plant a lovely specimen outside our local police station, lol catch the response on that one!!!!

  • Per-Ole Lind

    June 26, 2008 at 6:09 am

    That’s Tokyo for ya’ … People here have an amazing respect for others peoples property. Once, I left my key in my scooter on a fairly trafficked road. Guess what? The next day, the scooter was still there … With the keys neatly arranged on the seat!

  • Logan Chow

    June 26, 2008 at 6:29 am

    I come here from Google Reader.
    I like the idea of that girl for it gives the city a bit warmmer.

  • Sarah

    June 26, 2008 at 10:31 am

    What pretty, evocative photos.

  • Chris

    June 26, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Coal, it looks like Ebisu to me. I’m pretty sure I’ve walked on that path to the right.

  • Malinda

    June 27, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    uhm – this is all over Tokyo – it’s not really that uncommon. A lot of the apartments have mini gardens – and I’ve seen these little mini gardens all over the place – especially in Meguro.

  • theManicGardener

    June 28, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    This is lovely–and it did bring back so many memories of my 3 years in Japan, though I was in Sendai, a couple hours north of Tokyo.

    I find Aaron Greeners’ east/west comment a bit sweeping; one thing that interested me, living in Japan, was that there was in fact a lot of litter in some “unclaimed” places, contrary to western stereotypes, and plenty of places that went uncared for. But once a person or group had a committment or responsibility to a space, it would be kept pristine.

    I love Per-Ole Lind’s story about the keys. We found there were two exceptions to the general Japanese respect for other people’s property: bicycles and umbrellas. These seemed to be treated as communal, and if you left one around, it would be picked up by the next passer-by who needed it. At least once, and I think twice, we found a missing bicycle down at the train station, where someone had left it after borrowing it. But leaving a package, or your wallet, in a bicycle basket was a good as locking the bike: no one would touch it. Try that in L.A.

    –Kate

  • wow...

    July 7, 2008 at 6:05 am

    ..Aaron Greener, are you listening to yourself? You speaking from a point of view of only knowing Japan and its cultures. You don’t know if in China, the Koreas, and southeast asia do this type of thing.

    ..Your just sounding like a Japanophile….please learn about the other east asian countries first.

    I don’t know if they do this all around east asia, but I’m not going to generalize that entire area.

  • ana

    July 9, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    The sweetest thing I have seen lately!…

  • EGYegy

    July 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    we must ask our self why Japanese ppl doing that, why i can’t do what they, WHY

  • rubelyncabrera

    July 18, 2008 at 4:24 am

    the girl is one good example of a nature lover even in a small space she was able to make it productive and at the same time help in preventing the deadly effect sof pollution.

  • Dwarika

    July 27, 2008 at 12:20 am

    CURRICLUM VITAE

    Name: Dwarika Prasad Rijal

    Address:

    Sitapaila, Ward # 2, Kathmandu, Nepal

    Mailing Address:
    Sitapaila 2, Kathmandu

    Email:
    Sitalrijal@hotmail.com

    Tel. 9771-4277 220, 4270 517

    Sex:
    Male

    Nationality: Nepali

    Date of Birth:
    1 August 1965

    Marital Status:
    Married, three children

    Qualification:
    Intermediate of Arts

    Language:
    Nepali, English, Newari, Hindi and German (understand)

    Work Experience:

    15th May 1998 to 31 March 2006 worked as a Secretary/Administrator in Improvement of situation of Child Labour Project GTZ.

    Major Responsibility:

    1. Maintain incoming / outgoing mail and filing system, library management
    2. Format design and data entry for programme monitoring.
    3. Handle petty cash and maintain records of cash payments with the Team Leader
    4. Responsibly and timely arrange the procurement of equipment / spare parts, along with the respective quotations, as per the project’s requirements
    5. Handle the import procedures and delivery of equipment and goods, and report on their condition and damages
    6. Maintain and up-date the inventory and handle handing over procedures according to GTZ-rules and regulations (HMG, NGOs, VDCs, Municipalities ,DCC and DDCs)
    7. Maintain vehicle log books for all project vehicles
    8. Allocate the vehicles as per the request of ISCL staff and assign drivers accordingly.
    9. Arrange for the regular service, maintenance and repair of the project vehicles and office equipments
    10. Maintain records of personal training, leave of ISCL employees
    11. Substitute the Accountant in his absence
    12. Perform any other duties as prescribed by the Team Leader
    13. Report to the Team Leader.

    July 1988 to December 1997 : Assistant Administrator Promotion of Livestock Breeding Project (HMG/GTZ) Harihar Bhawan, Lalitpur, Nepal.

    Major Responsibility:

    1. Project Accounting Book keeping, handling petty cash.
    2. Procurement of office supplies, Store Management, Operation of Intercom Telephone Exchange, Handling of Xerox Copier
    3. Attend and provide logistic supports in various workshop / seminars.
    4. Maintenance of office and its vicinity, “Management” of mailing functions of the project.
    5. Arrange tickets and visa to visitors.
    6. Customs clearing of office equipments.

    Special Project Assignments:

    November 1993 to March 1994 Financial Administrator for Flood Rehabilitation Programme with field visits in Sarlahi, Makwanpur, Rautahat and Chitwan Districts, implemented by GTZ, Federal Republic of Germany.

    1994 Provided Logistic/Administrative support and attended “Zopp 5 Policy Level Planning Monitoring & Evaluation workshop” held in Hotel Blue Star Kathmandu

    1992 Provided Logistic/Administrative support and attended “Farmers’ Need Assessment Workshop” Two Week in Dhulikhel.

    1992 Attended and provided Management support to “2nd ASIAN Moderator conference” one week held in Hotel Orchid Kathmandu.

    1992 Provided Administrative support to strengthening veterinary services in Nepal organised by HMG/EC/AHT Consulting engineers held in Hotel Blue Star Kathmandu.

    1991 Attended and Provided Administrative Support to “Master Plan on Livestock sector workshop” Implemented by ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK MANILA at Harihar Bhawan.(two week)

    1991 Attended and provided logistic support to “District Programme Planning Systems Analysis Workshop” at Lampatan, Pokhara. (1 week).

    1990 Attended and provided logistic support to “Planning Monitoring and Evaluation workshop” at DLS, Harihar bhawan. (Twice)

    1989 Attended and provided logistic support to “ZOPP workshop” at PLBP(GTZ), Hariharbhawan.

    Training:

    18th April to 13th May 1994 “Administrative Applications Development under LAN Environment” in Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok, Thailand.

    June 1998 Diploma in Office Management and secretarial support Krist-al, Kathmandu

    November 1999 Deutsch Sprache, G I , Goethe Zentrum, Kathmandu

    September 1999 Video production and photography in United Mission to Nepal Thapathali.

    April to June 2001 “Professional Capacity Building for Social Analysis and Development “training (3 months), Center for Women and Development and South Asia Partnership /Nepal (SAP-n), Kathmandu

    24 – 26 April 2002 First Aid training, Nepal Red Cross Society, Kathmandu

    Jan/Feb. 2005 Microsoft Office Specialist Suite, IT Linx, Kathmandu

    Driving licence car and jeep

  • Dwarika

    July 27, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Looking for job in japan

  • Dwarika

    July 27, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Lookinfg for Work 2 years in Japan anyy job labour or animal keeping or agriculture please help me to get job and visa bestregards Dwarika

  • DWARIKA

    July 27, 2008 at 12:25 am

    ANY KIND HEARTED JAPANEES WILLING TO HELP ME TO WORK IN JAPAN PLEASE KINDLY E MAIL ME THANKS DWARIKA

    CURRICLUM VITAE

    Name: Dwarika Prasad Rijal

    Address:

    Sitapaila, Ward # 2, Kathmandu, Nepal

    Mailing Address:
    Sitapaila 2, Kathmandu

    Email:
    Sitalrijal@hotmail.com

    Tel. 9771-4277 220, 4270 517

    Sex:
    Male

    Nationality: Nepali

    Date of Birth:
    1 August 1965

    Marital Status:
    Married, three children

    Qualification:
    Intermediate of Arts

    Language:
    Nepali, English, Newari, Hindi and German (understand)

    Work Experience:

    15th May 1998 to 31 March 2006 worked as a Secretary/Administrator in Improvement of situation of Child Labour Project GTZ.

    Major Responsibility:

    1. Maintain incoming / outgoing mail and filing system, library management
    2. Format design and data entry for programme monitoring.
    3. Handle petty cash and maintain records of cash payments with the Team Leader
    4. Responsibly and timely arrange the procurement of equipment / spare parts, along with the respective quotations, as per the project’s requirements
    5. Handle the import procedures and delivery of equipment and goods, and report on their condition and damages
    6. Maintain and up-date the inventory and handle handing over procedures according to GTZ-rules and regulations (HMG, NGOs, VDCs, Municipalities ,DCC and DDCs)
    7. Maintain vehicle log books for all project vehicles
    8. Allocate the vehicles as per the request of ISCL staff and assign drivers accordingly.
    9. Arrange for the regular service, maintenance and repair of the project vehicles and office equipments
    10. Maintain records of personal training, leave of ISCL employees
    11. Substitute the Accountant in his absence
    12. Perform any other duties as prescribed by the Team Leader
    13. Report to the Team Leader.

    July 1988 to December 1997 : Assistant Administrator Promotion of Livestock Breeding Project (HMG/GTZ) Harihar Bhawan, Lalitpur, Nepal.

    Major Responsibility:

    1. Project Accounting Book keeping, handling petty cash.
    2. Procurement of office supplies, Store Management, Operation of Intercom Telephone Exchange, Handling of Xerox Copier
    3. Attend and provide logistic supports in various workshop / seminars.
    4. Maintenance of office and its vicinity, “Management” of mailing functions of the project.
    5. Arrange tickets and visa to visitors.
    6. Customs clearing of office equipments.

    Special Project Assignments:

    November 1993 to March 1994 Financial Administrator for Flood Rehabilitation Programme with field visits in Sarlahi, Makwanpur, Rautahat and Chitwan Districts, implemented by GTZ, Federal Republic of Germany.

    1994 Provided Logistic/Administrative support and attended “Zopp 5 Policy Level Planning Monitoring & Evaluation workshop” held in Hotel Blue Star Kathmandu

    1992 Provided Logistic/Administrative support and attended “Farmers’ Need Assessment Workshop” Two Week in Dhulikhel.

    1992 Attended and provided Management support to “2nd ASIAN Moderator conference” one week held in Hotel Orchid Kathmandu.

    1992 Provided Administrative support to strengthening veterinary services in Nepal organised by HMG/EC/AHT Consulting engineers held in Hotel Blue Star Kathmandu.

    1991 Attended and Provided Administrative Support to “Master Plan on Livestock sector workshop” Implemented by ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK MANILA at Harihar Bhawan.(two week)

    1991 Attended and provided logistic support to “District Programme Planning Systems Analysis Workshop” at Lampatan, Pokhara. (1 week).

    1990 Attended and provided logistic support to “Planning Monitoring and Evaluation workshop” at DLS, Harihar bhawan. (Twice)

    1989 Attended and provided logistic support to “ZOPP workshop” at PLBP(GTZ), Hariharbhawan.

    Training:

    18th April to 13th May 1994 “Administrative Applications Development under LAN Environment” in Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok, Thailand.

    June 1998 Diploma in Office Management and secretarial support Krist-al, Kathmandu

    November 1999 Deutsch Sprache, G I , Goethe Zentrum, Kathmandu

    September 1999 Video production and photography in United Mission to Nepal Thapathali.

    April to June 2001 “Professional Capacity Building for Social Analysis and Development “training (3 months), Center for Women and Development and South Asia Partnership /Nepal (SAP-n), Kathmandu

    24 – 26 April 2002 First Aid training, Nepal Red Cross Society, Kathmandu

    Jan/Feb. 2005 Microsoft Office Specialist Suite, IT Linx, Kathmandu

    Driving licence car and jeep

  • Gardener

    September 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Gardening For A Sustainable Planet However, there are those moments of truly Zen-like peace and clarity that seem to only be found doing such activities as tending to one’s garden or flowers. When we are gardening, we are reconnecting to the Earth and the Great Spirit. I LOve your act… I will came back here..
    http://www.gardeningplan.blogspot.com

  • Libba

    October 22, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Great work.

  • Barbara

    November 14, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Great to see her planting in this small, yet obvious spot for plants! What a difference!

    It looks as if there are two light or telephone poles at either end that a rope could be strung across. Scarlett runner beans, trumpet vine, clematis, pole beans, etc. would be FABulous!

    People (and dogs) should respect this garden; a small sign, “please curb your dog” could be tucked in.

    Check out my website and be in touch.

  • Garden Your City

    November 14, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Sorry about that – see above post! My website is

    http//www.gardenyourcity.com

    Happy gardening!!

  • k

    March 4, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Aaron Greener – have a look at Alex Kerr’s book, Dogs and Demons. Your perspective might change a bit…

  • alphiromeo

    December 30, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Interesting to note that above the urban gardener’s head reads an ad for a company called Progress.

  • johari

    January 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Fantastic……..good effort to make earth green.

    Regards
    Johari
    Rubber Farmer – South Kalimantan – Indonesia

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