The Kei Trucks are one of the most popular vehicles manufactured and sold by makers in Japan. Low price, high quality, loading capacity, manoeuvrability through small streets, and their ability to park in tight spaces is the reason why these vehicles are in such high demand. In a recent turn of events, these mini trucks are also being used as a canvas for gardening contests.
The Kei Truck Garden Contest is an annual event sponsored by the Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors.
Numerous landscaping contractors from around Japan participate by arriving on site with their mini trucks and then spend several hours transforming the cargo bed into a garden.
Landscapers have incorporated everything from benches and aquariums to elements of lighting into their designs.
While most participants stick to traditional design elements, like pebble paths, sliding screen doors, and tranquil water fixtures, others have a more modern and minimalist look.
The eye-catching entries of the contest highlight the distinctive beauty of the Japanese garden year after year.