二階

Old “snack” bar in Hamamatsuchou has simple window garden

この窓にある小さな庭はシンプルで厚みがあります。花やつる植物やしだれている植物やゴヤやシソがあります。浜松町の古いスナックの二階で。

I love the simplicity of this window garden in an old snack near Hamamatsuchou Station, an area better known for sleek new office towers and a port. In almost no space at all, this garden has climbers like bitter melon, pink flowers, herbs, and plants trailing down. It seems like the Hiro snack bar has been long out of business, yet someone is still enjoying living upstairs.

Second floor, add-on garden on Koenji shopping street

二階に昭和時代の建物に作られた、このきれいな庭が大好きです。ルックという高円寺の商店街で。

I’ve long admired this second floor, add-on garden in the Look shopping street that connects Shin Koenji and Koenji stations. It’s such a simple and bold addition to an older building.

Roses spill out of control between house and sidewalk

二階から路地まで、ピンクのバラがあふれています。手に負えない様子が素敵です。

I love this outpouring of pink roses extending from the second floor of the house out into the small street.

Lush second floor garden on Shin Koenji shopping street

高円寺ルックという商店街の、フランス風の家庭用品の店は二階に庭を作っています。植木鉢は長くて深いので、植物の種類は多いです。このきれいな庭は、すでにあるものをさらに良く見せています。この商店街は古いものと新しいものを組み合わせることに成功しています。

On my favorite Koenji shopping street called “Look,” a shop selling feminine French homewares just built a lush second floor garden. By attaching two long and deep planters, they have transformed this older building with new life. I love the variety of plants, and the way the garden adds onto what is already there.

The shop is called Malto and they are online, too.