This little plant is one of my favorite new finds,, and is a slightly different take on the everyday garden. Midori-san lives over in Kamakura (a very popular tourist destination that is well worth the trip from Tokyo) in Donburi Cafe Dining. What's so special about this little green (Midori is the Japanese word for "green") friend is that visitors can chat with her/him. Yup, that's right. Midori-san fills diners in on the temperature, lighting, and humidity. But that's not all! Touch a leaf, and Midori-san will relay the chemical relationship between the two of you.
Created by KAYAC Co. Ltd, and Keio University's Hiroya Tanaka Laboratory in order to increase awareness of the natural world, Midori-san also keeps a blog. (What modern plant wouldn't, for heaven's sake?) Blog readers can also treat Midori-san to a dose of light via a widget on the blog, which is, of course, much-appreciated.
Image courtesty of KAYAC Co. Ltd.