"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.
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