For lack of yards, many Kyoto houses and apartment buildings feature jury-rigged container gardens instead. These usually consist of rows of motley pots and crates lined up along the building walls, adjoining the sidewalk. This container garden had a different feel.
Remarkably uniform, coldly white and modern, these identical pots lined the fence of a corner lot in long rows, from one end to the other
Upon further inspection, the contents reveal some variety: little pansy faces of different colors and expressions. However, it’s not the coziest of gardens, I think. I’ll post some examples of more relaxed and characteristic Kyoto container gardens soon; curious to hear which style you prefer.