Guerrilla gardening in Japan has a much longer history than the recently coined, hip term on the net, so beloved of London town's right on, Green activists.
Since the devastation of Japan's cities at the end of the Second World War, Japanese people have been quietly cultivating any spare patch of earth to grow vegetables and more recently flowers and shrubs to beautify their cramped urban spaces.
Riverbanks and sidewalks in Japan are particular favorites of guerrilla gardeners, who take any opportunity to green the few available areas of arable land in Japan's teeming towns and cities.
Most sidewalks in Japan are beautified by local residents who plant flowers and place pot plants in the space between the sidewalk kerb and the road.
Riverbanks have also been turned into ad hoc allotments by the people who live in a neighborhood close to one of Japan's many rivers or streams.
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