GROUP OR COMMUNITY GARDENS
Group, family, private and community gardens can be found everywhere in Japan.
Having to feed some 126 million people from a land where about 75% is unsuitable for agriculture (mainly because it’s mountainous areas) is a formidable challenge for this country.
No wonder why the Japanese people are growing food, whether rice or veggies or tea or fruit, or just flowers, in places that westerners would simply leave as vacant lots or fields, for example along rivers, roads or railway tracks.
The following photos illustrate the ingeniousness of the Japanese in using those spaces.
PRIVATE GARDENS IN YARDS
|Private garden, Nagasaki
|Private garden1, Nagasaki
|Private garden2, Nagasaki
|A very well-trained tree
|Typical house landscaping
One of the photos below shows a yellow sky. It's not a camera problem, but rather a dust storm that quickly covered the sky as I was taking photos. Those storms happen in the spring and come from the Gobi desert.
|Community garden, Naruse
|Community garden1, Naruse
|House garden plots, Kagoshima
|Large community plot, Kotohira
|Tea-ocha hedges, Kagoshima
|Rice paddy, Kagoshima
|Starting plants outside in March
|Ride field in dust storm
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