I am hoping this mini-melon takes over the balcony.
Biking through Yoyogi Park you never know what you’ll run into. One weekend, Shibuya Camp appeared with gorgeous tents and folk music. This truck brings a Buenos Aires Bar to Tokyo in fall. Based on the men’s fall outfits, you might think you’re at the start of a mountain trail in South America.
I love the contrived fantasy of Marui’s Shinjuku roof garden. It’s a large space, with many formal French elements like precise mini-hedges, various arbors, lush borders, and various seating options. At twilight, the lights come on, and I love the mix of formal garden with functional elements like heating and cooling systems, barbed wire for safety, and views of additional Marui building signage and the blank, almost windowless Docomo tower. The photos make it seem empty, but in fact local teens have already discovered this hidden, semi-public space.
Two different groups are occupying a Shinjuku ni-chome side street. At first I wondered why the leader was pointing at me. Then I realized he was giving me the peace sign. The in-between ritual time is just as fascinating as the heavy lifting of the portable shrines. I wish the streets were this lively every day.
Camellias can be seen everywhere during Tokyo’s winter.
I am not a fan of winter, so I particularly appreciate camellia’s for proving indestructible color in bright pink on the coldest days. Whether pruned into a hedge, or placed in a plastic container, camellias are resilient to snow and require minimal care. The neighbor’s camellia has turned into a 5 meter tall tree.
Store, bar, and even ramen shop openings often feature sidewalk flower displays. I love the inventiveness of this special pink and red boot for the Dr Marten store opening in Aoyama.
Vertical religious gardening in Brooklyn. Holiday greenery without much permeability, visibility. Would be fun to see the insides.
Somewhere in tractate Sukkot of the Babylonian Talmud the rabbis talk about building sukkot up in trees and on camels. These days, there are a lot of high-end, high-concept sukkot out there. It’s all the rage, since the 2010 Sukkah City in Union Square. But I like this picture from Williamsburg. These more simple sukkot are stuck up and down the sides of a wall. Poised in the air, they look like something out of Rem Koolhaas’ “Delerious New York,” a postmodern paean to vertical living.