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An embarrassment of riches from editor-in-chief Gordon Price from his first full day in Tokyo. One could say he’s having a green party.

If you’ve never been, anecdotal evidence would not bring one to associate Tokyo with trees and parks; indeed, whether you rank by density of tree cover (where Vancouver ranks first in the world), or by public green space allocation (where Moscow rules with an iron fist), Tokyo is well down on the list of naturally green cities.

The difference, perhaps — the city puts trees and gardens where people can see them, and even live within them.

It’s quite striking, and perhaps uniquely Japanese, as are many of the publicly visible artefacts of urban planning and design. Have a look.

Japanese aesthetic.

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Japanese aesthetic.

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Another surprise: way more street trees than expected.

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The Existential Map of Tokyo

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Garden City

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Willow street

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Freeway park – a small green space capping the expressway below.

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Freeway park interior

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