TIL There are mini truck garden contests in Japan

The “kei” trucks are barely larger than city cars. The goal is to build the most aesthetically pleasing garden in the truck bed

@cypnk these are amazing

I went to a thai restaurant in NYC about a week ago that had a full sized maple tree tree growing through their back room - trunk was almost three feet (90 cm) across

@Satsuma There’s a charm to bringing full-size nature closer in that’s just not possible with anything artificial

There’s no proper substitute for an actual tree

@cypnk yeah especially somewhere like NYC where you more or less don’t see trees that large (I’m sure theres some in central park, and a few of the other larger parks, but not just found naturally) so it was far more surprising to see

The tree made an excellent dinner companion

@cypnk These would get so trashed in most communities in the US 😖

@bthall Well, there’s a different sensibility there, for sure

I would also say (and this is controversial) the US has a violence crisis. I don’t mean what we see in the news, but some communities are fundamentally broken

But I would also say bringing nature back to these communities would improve them significantly

@cypnk wow. wow. wow. the japanese nerd in me is ecstatic. thanks for sharing <3

@cypnk I used to park a Toyota 1-ton (still a mini truck, though ours had a 7' bed) under a mulberry tree and every fall I would get leaves and every spring they would be mulched enough that I would get a forest of little mulberry seedlings.

(It was Kansas and not Japan though so by July they would scorch and die.)

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