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Matsumoto, Japan

May 14, 2013

A few days ago we spent some time in Matsumoto, Japan, known as “The Gateway to the Japanese Alps.” It’s a great little mountain city, and actually reminds me of many other mountain cities and towns — they all seem to have a common feeling to them.

We saw many “biophilic” features while in Matsumoto. I wrote about the idea of biophilic cities a while ago, and it’s something that’s stayed in my mind ever since. It’s not necessarily about urban wildlife, but it is about bringing nature in one form or another to the forefront of city life. Matsumoto was full of such features, albeit in a highly managed, typical Japanese way (no “unkempt” fields of wild flowers here!). Beautiful!

Women posing by flowers and water feature, Matsumoto, Japan, (c) MMD 2013

Women posing by flowers and water feature, Matsumoto, Japan, (c) MMD 2013

Manhole cover, Matsumoto, Japan, (c) MMD 2013

Manhole cover, Matsumoto, Japan, (c) MMD 2013

Green wall, Matsumoto, Japan, (c) MMD 2013

Green wall, Matsumoto, Japan, (c) MMD 2013

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