There’s a soft elegance that I find delicate and endearing about the way plants are placed so neatly in front of buildings. Nothings’ out of place. Maybe it’s because so much of Japan is mountain forests and jungles, uninhabitable and untamed. This arrangement, photographed above, is not an uncommon site in the city; it’s not the way of nature, but it is part of human nature here, and the Japanese have such a refined understanding of the elements, that I am trying to train my more unruly self to admire the linearity and symmetry I see before me. There is beauty in it.