In Japan they’ve twigged that one of the country’s most popular type of truck makes for a handy canvas – for creating exquisite gardens. Every year green-fingered landscaping fanatics take part in the Kei Truck Garden Contest, which sees them design and build gardens on the back of ‘keitora’ vehicles (mini utility vehicles) in just a few hours. And as these images show from recent competitions, the standards are exceptionally high.
Kei trucks are mini pickup trucks that originated in Japan. Throughout Asia, Kei trucks are widely used in agriculture, construction, deliveries, and even firefighting. But in Japan, these practical tiny trucks can serve more than just a mere mode of transportation. The Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors holds an annual event where Kei trucks are transformed into lovely gardens on wheels. Every year, several landscaping contractors from around Japan participate in the Kei Truck Garden Contest. Vying to win the competition, participants try to showcase their imagination, creativity and gardening skills through their mini trucks.
Participants of the Kei Truck Garden Contest arrived on site with their own Kei trucks. And then they spend several hours constructing and designing the garden on the truck’s cargo bed. These mini pickup trucks provide a suitable space where landscape artists can build small-scale gardens with eye-catching features.
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