2010 in review

今年もよろしくお願いします。下記は、このブログの2010年の統計です。今年ももっと日本語を書きたい。ブログにもつぶやき にも、日本語で喋ろう。

Thank you, readers, for your interest in Tokyo Green Space. I am always interested to know what you think about specific posts or the general direction of the blog. Here’s WordPress’ summary for 2010.

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 5 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 320 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 582 posts. There were 675 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 39mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was January 13th with 762 views. The most popular post that day was Vancouver’s Olympic vegetable gardens.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were newsweekjapan.jp, twitter.com, stumbleupon.com, facebook.com, and tinyhousedesign.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tokyo green space, 2010, bonsai, pygmy goats, and olympics 2010.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Vancouver’s Olympic vegetable gardens August 2009


About Tokyo Green Space May 2009


Bonsai Museum and Shibamata with Nodai July 2009


Inspiration August 2008


Links August 2008

Happy new year 2010

あけましておめでとうございます! 2010 began on a cold night in Tokyo one hour ago. We visited our local shrine: no line, hot rice drink, and a tiny bonfire. The small shrine’s doors were open, revealing that our local gods live amidst folding chairs and assorted bric-a-brac.

The visit to the shrine followed many hours of Kouhaku, the annual music extravaganza on NHK, plus a Johnny’s shmorgasbord of dozens of boy bands, dizzying video displays, and stages gliding over crazed fangirls. A very traditional new year in Japan.

Below is the “blue” moon, the second full moon of the month. Best wishes for the new decade!

Vancouver’s Olympic vegetable gardens

Vancouver Olympics 2010 mascots

In 2006, the Vancouver City Council created a challenge to add 2,010 vegetable gardens before the 2010 Winter Olympics. As of the end of June, they had reached 1,800 new food-producing gardens, only 210 gardens from their end of year goal. Working with the Vancouver Food Policy Council, the city government urges new gardens to be created on roofs, balcony, in the ground, a backyard sharing program, and a “grow a row, share a row” program that contributes to local food banks. They are currently working on a backyard hen policy.

The Sharing Backyards program is ingeniously simple: it connects people who want to grow food with people who have land and want someone’s help with gardening. “Yard sharing” makes use of wasted space, creates connections between city residents, and increases local food production. Here’s a screen shot of the interface that allows gardeners and people with garden space to connect.

Vancouver backyard sharing

Vancouver’s City Farmer says that 44% of Vancouver’s residents are involved in some form of urban agriculture. This program seems simple and low-cost. Why aren’t more global cities promoting urban agriclture?