Tokyo may well have a massive number of convenience stores and vending machines, but when it comes to living space, land is at a premium, meaning most people have to make the most of what little they can procure.
A rather unfortunate situation that doesn’t allow much leeway for something so frivolous as a garden. Yet for many city dwellers, this drawback can be overcome to a certain extent by utilising the balcony which, if big enough, can accommodate plants and even a person. Like this versatile little veranda for example, as not only does it provide just enough room for a relaxing beer, but also a terrific spot for train-spotting.
Not everyone is so lucky though, and despite the abode below being brand new, it may (or indeed may not) boast the worst balcony in the world.