UEKI - Yasuyuki Takagi

Petits Pots et Jardins
Yasuyuki Takagi, 2015/2020
soft cover
UEKI - Yasuyuki Takagi: Petits Pots et Jardins
Publisher: Libro Arte Inc
Dimensions: 250 × 200 mm
Pages: 98
€ 37.74

Bohemian gardens in Tokyo. The words Nature and Tokyo seem antithetical. One of the largest cities in the world gives us the image of concrete jungle. Yet nature is present, but on a different scale. Tokyo is about 5sqm of park space for each citizen. New-York has about 25 sqm. But nature is not found in the place you usually look for (such as parks). In Tokyo, nature intrudes in interstice. Piecemeal fragments of nature crumble alongside narrow alleys (small private gardens, potted plants and trees in the door step ofprivate residences). By these millions of pottered plants in the streets, walkways and alleys, inhabitants take a part of public space (illegally most of the time). Often streets are not grey but green because of these hybrid landscapes, these informal, bohemian’s gardens. Associated with the old part of Tokyo, the “low city”, these alleys crowded with potted plants collides with the image of a modern Tokyo. The photographs could be a promenade in this unexpected Tokyo, – may be a form of sustainable development and new concept of space, expression of creativity of the inhabitants.


Takagi's book “Ueki”, originally published by French Publisher iKi Editions in 2015, quickly sold out and is now available again in the form of a new publication by Japanese publisher Libro Arte.


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