James Lambiasi

Irresistible Nakameguro balcony mushrooms contribute to landscape


Who can resist urban mushrooms?

My architect friend James Lambiasi sent me this photo of Nakameguro mushrooms on a second floor balcony. Do these mushrooms apply to landscape, he wondered? Of course, nature is no less splendid when touched by humans. This lovely, jumbled cityscape- of power lines, bicycles, laundry, exhaust pipe, paper lantern, and fall foliage- is a perfect frame for a double mushroom table and chair set. Thanks, James!

CNN crew in front of Suginami’s giant green curtain


CNN’s crew interviewed me yesterday for their Eco Solutions program. We took a walk through Suginami, looking at fruit trees, sidewalk gardens, Shinto shrines, and the back lanes where school children, seniors and bicyclists outnumber cars. I am not sure that some of these “small” green spaces were considered television worthy by the producers. However, the CNN crew was incredibly impressed by Suginami’s giant green curtain.

If you want to check it out, the green curtain will be in front of the Suginami Ward Office until October 15. It’s right next to the Marunouchi Minami Asagaya station. I’ll post a link to the CNN program when it airs next month.

Tokyo Green Space has been featured in a lot of global media recently, including:

Here are two additional images of Suginami’s giant green curtain, taken by architect James Lambiasi in late September.