mini gardens on the move: japanese landscapers transform truck beds into bucolic worlds

mini gardens on the move: japanese landscapers transform truck beds into bucolic worlds

once a year, landscape artists from across japan gather to transform the beds of their miniature trucks into tiny, bucolic worlds. the kei tora is a type of small truck which takes its roots in japan, but can be found throughout asia. as the practical vehicle is used primarily in the agricultural industry, the ‘japan federation of landscape contractors’ designated it as a canvas for its annual ‘kei truck garden contest.’

mini truck gardens japan
all images courtesy of the japan federation of landscape contractors



contestants arrive on site with trucks unadorned and spend several hours creating lush, botanical environments. the resulting entries are judged based on planning, expression, design and execution. because the contest has very few limitations, some landscapers tend toward a more radical expression in the design of their mini truck gardens by incorporating light features, and even water elements such as aquariums and waterfall cascades. 

mini truck gardens japan
‘nishiki of autumn leaves’ by kansai ueki co., ltd.

mini truck gardens japan
‘fu spring bench’ by fukuharu landscaping

mini truck gardens japan
‘momijji cafe’ by showa landscaping civil engineering

mini truck gardens japan
‘autumn’s breath’ by kei’s

mini truck gardens japan
‘eco · garden’ by sancho garden

mini truck gardens japan
‘green cafe’ by kadoen garden

mini truck gardens japan
‘rin’ by matsuda landscape construction


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