Sunday, February 22, 2009

Greening Tokyo (WN0016)

Sometimes you come across something on the web that is hard to resist letting others know about. Being an ongoing Tokyophile, I was alerted to these images via a couple of feeds in my Tweetdeck (a tool that lets you keep track of what's going on in your Twitterverse).

If you count the surrounding prefectures (Yokohama, Chiba, Saitama, etc), the entire Tokyo region is made up of 34,000,000 people. That's a lot of folks condensed into what is effectively a very small space. Naturally, green spaces are pretty hard to come by and of great value when they do appear.

The Green Island Project have put a contemporary and ecological twist on a popular theme in Japanese creative culture of re-imagining of the city. In these pictures, the streets of Tokyo have been grassed over. For places that I'd come to know so well over the five years I lived there, it puts the city in a remarkably different light.

The picture at the top is of Shinjuku while the one below is of Shibuya. Click here to visit some of my own pictures of the city.

1 comment:

Liana Ecosalinon said...

very nice, smart Japan!