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"A white big tree" stands silently in the center, and "crooked trunks" and "soft fruit cushions" are placed around it. Children play in and out of tunnels and climb into a tree house. Lovers sit together on a fruit and read together. Mother and baby lie under the tree and relax. And an elderly couple is observing the whole scene from the cafe.

At a time of year when it seems like everyone is rush-rush-rushing and our only exposure to strangers is jostling against them in line-ups and on escalators, it's good to be reminded that tranquil public spaces, such as this one in Tokyo, can still exist.

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Constructed of cardboard, wood, and fur, this experiment in indoor community space -- titled "Ko no mo to" -- took place in July and August of last year, but we'd like to believe that it could spawn similar experiments in year-round "goodwill toward men" around the globe.

Photos: Osamu Kurihara