Our neighborhood is, in its way, rather old. Settled as farmland during the Edo Period it is really only within the last thirty or forty years that development has overrun the former fields. There are still a few remnant farms, but those can really only be glimpsed in old farmhouses and a handful of old fields. Interspersed among the new apartment buildings and modern private homes are small lanes of closely constructed one story homes. Many of the residents fill every last inch of space with pots and plants, and the one pictured here today is no exception. Yesterday, in fact we spotted the owner up on a ladder watering plants on the roof over his car.