1. This photo brings me back. When I was a kid, Tokyo had a lot of empty lots rampant with weeds like this one. We ran around, picked clovers and dandelions, got messy on puddles, and made hideouts with cardboard boxes. Indeed, there were a lot of mosquitos, bees, and spiders, but such “danger” was part of the whole experience.

  2. “Empty lot.” A telling choice of words. In other countries or cultures, it might be called a “field” or a “grassy area.” “Empty lot” underscores the idea that the land is merely an unused, unproductive asset, as it awaits the inevitable: having concrete poured all over it.

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