a little while ago, the delightful hello sandwich had a great post on tokyo's potted gardens. to me these potted gardens are very special and evocative of a certain essence of japan; pots of flowers and plants outside every home and store. there is something beautifully unintentional about these at times haphazard, but so pleasing arrangements of green and colour. it's like they are saying plants and flowers are an essential part of life, and wherever you can, in whatever space you have, fill your life with things that grow. formal japanese gardens are generally known and admired for their thoughtful and somewhat structured arrangement and layout, and ikebana and bonsai are both very constructed forms. i love all of those as well of course, but there is a special place in my heart for the random potted garden.
i was going to post some of the potted photos we have from japan, but then i found tsuyatsuya. these are some of tsuyatsuya's potted garden photos.