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Kei Truck Gardens

If you're looking to get a taste of Japanese culture or see some traditional Japanese crafts, then look no further than Kei Truck Gardens!

This video will introduce you to the art of Japanese landscaping... in the back of a truck!
The video is called "Kei Truck Gardens. Transform the bed of your truck!" (軽トラガーデン 軽トラックの荷台を庭に!). It was created by "yuji kuroda 96TV."
It's an interesting video that introduces a unique take on gardening.
Probably not very many people have heard of this before, so let's take a look at what it's like!
In this article, we'll give you an overview of the Japanese kei truck garden.

We will explain the outline of the kei truck garden as well as its appeal.

What is a Kei Truck Garden?

The kei truck garden, a new type of Japanese landscaping, is a unique garden created in the bed of a kei truck.
Kei truck gardens started about 10 years ago to increase the publicity of gardening.
The unexpectedness of a garden located in a small space in the back of a truck attracted a lot attention, and the gardens received high praise from overseas as well.

In addition, the kei truck garden is not only unexpected, but also allows you to move the garden from place to place as is. It also has the advantage of being able to be exhibited at events and contests/shows.
These small works of art a definitely worth a watch. Be sure to check them out in the video!

How to Make a Kei Truck Garden

The charm of the kei truck garden is having the beauty of a Japanese garden condensed into a small space.
The gardeners use sand, rocks, pines, and moss to create gardens in the limited space (2m×1.4m).
Every detail of the garden is handcrafted by the gardener, and it's hard to believe you can fit it all in the back of a kei truck.
The video shows the viewer a variety of beautiful works in different kei trucks.

You can also see a wide variety of gardens at the regularly scheduled kei truck garden contests.
Find different features such as tasteful water dripping landscaping.
The Instagram-worthy trucks lined up in a row with their beautiful gardens and flowers makes for an amazing sight.

Where Can You Find the Unique Kei Truck Garden Contest?

The unique kei truck garden contest takes place in many places in Japan.
In the past, contests have been held at the World Expo and in Osaka, Toyama, and Shiga. This contest started at the plants event in Toyama in 2011.
The Kei Truck Garden Contest was first held in 2011 as part of a greening event in Toyama Prefecture, and has since been held at greening and skills events in various regions across the country, with 2018 and 2019 being held in Akita and Osaka, respectively.
More information can be found on the website of the Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors, so if you're interested in the Kei Truck Garden Contest, be sure to check it out.

Summary of the Kei Truck Garden

We hope that this video has piqued your interest in Japanese gardening. It's quite a unique style of gardening, but it's very interesting what people come up with.
The contest, in which gardeners compete for skills, has become a popular event and there was even a show made about it. Be sure to check out the event and find your favorite garden!

【Official Website】Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors

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Last Updated : Oct. 17, 2020
鈴木 正孝(Masataka Suzuki)
A writer born and raised in Asakusa, Tokyo who loves traveling and novels

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