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Flower Paradise at Haneda Airport Terminal an Indoor Garden Portraying Japan's Unspoilt Landscapes

Flower Paradise at Haneda Airport Terminal an Indoor Garden Portraying Japan's Unspoilt Landscapes

Mr. Takashiro, President of Japan Airport Terminal and Mr. Ishihara, the garden designer.

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On March 9, an indoor garden called the Flower Paradise opened in the second-floor departure gate lounge in Terminal 1 of Haneda Airport in Ohta Ward, Tokyo. Hopes are that the garden will provide an idyllic, poetic green space in the airport.

The garden is an open space in the lounge and part of the Captains' Tokyo retail and restaurant area. Planted in the 150 square meter lots are around 900 plants from roughly 75 species including banyan, orange jessamine and peace lily.

Landscape artist Kazuyuki Ishihara, winner of the gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in the U.K., designed the garden. Last year, after he toured the disaster zone created by the Great East Japan Earthquake, Mr. Ishihara said, "I want to bring back the beautiful, undeveloped landscapes of the Tohoku region... I want to tell the people of the world about the spirit that resides in Japan's unspoilt landscapes and nature." This inspired him to reproduce his Chelsea show exhibit at Haneda Airport.

A planting ceremony was held on the garden's opening to commemorate its completion. Mr. Ishihara was there to greet those in attendance, where he said, "I'd like to show many people the beauty and spirit of Japan through this garden." He added, "I hope we can inspire people to think of the gorgeous nature in Tohoku, where the recovery from the earthquake continues."

The area where the garden is located can only be accessed by travelers arriving at or departing from the airport.

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