Mono no aware in a bicycle graveyard: this is where your bike goes if you abandon it in Japan. A nice little place next to the ocean where the bicycles slowly disappear in a sea of green. Forgotten by their owners, dreaming of the places they’ve been to.
Exploring informal urban greenspace in Brisbane and Sapporo
Please see “slide notes” on Slideshare for context/comments/residents’ voices!
Awesome paper looking at vacant lots, their potential as children play space and levels of fences as barriers to such play (Japanese with English abstract, full PDF free).
“A Study on Vacant Lots Enclosed by Fences in Relation to Urbanization”, Hayashi et. al. 1999, Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, Vol. 63 (1999), No. 5, P. 667-670.
In Japan, many people have to be creative to find space for gardening. The picture on the right shows a mini-garden in the informal gap greenspace behind a high-rise parking lot; while tiny, it’s obviously well-loved. In Australia on the other hand, vast strips of suburban land are maintained (with high energy and labor cost) as minimal lawn with no little human use beside the questionable aesthetic value.
I wonder what magic the crafty minimal-space gardeners in Japan could do if they could work with Australian street verges.