Thursday 7 June 2018


Kei class trucks (軽トラ) were first popularised in 1949 and have been since enlisted for all sorts of heavy-duty jobs including agriculture, construction and firefighting, and now thanks to Spoon & Tamago, that this tough little vehicles have of late also become a showcase for an annual landscaping contest sponsored by the Japanese federation of contractors.

The entries are really fantastically detailed and capture the elements of traditional Japanese gardening arts, called Nihon Teien (日本庭園) and incorporate plants, water elements and distressed materials to invoke the idea of far off lands and signal resistance to the march of time and entropy.