Fukushima nuclear meltdown triggered a greater interest in urban gardening in Tokyo
Urban Farming Takes Root in Tokyo
By Jonathan DeHart
June 6, 2013
Tucked away in an oasis of calm in Tokyo’s Setagaya ward, Yoshi’s apartment is like many others in urban Japan, save for one key difference. If you crack the window in his living room you’ll find a good-sized ledge with a number of pots where the 31-year-old white collar worker tends to his growing “mini-farm”.
“This is my little garden,” he told The Diplomat, pointing to different pots from which tomatoes and other low maintenance greens can be seen sprouting. “I really like the idea of growing some of my own food, even if it’s just a small part of what I eat.”
While Yoshi’s crops may be modest, he is part of a global trend: an increasing number of urbanites are developing a green thumb. The movement – urban farming or DIY gardening – operates on the belief that localizing our food production is a good idea indeed.
“Tokyo’s informal urban agriculture transcends functionality, utility and technique,” the artist suggests. “Its landscape is more humane than that. This city has vast potential for being a center of fruit production, and understanding its fruit layers can help make urban life more social, resilient and delicious.”