Shelterbelt | Nanjo Toshiyuki
“Shelterbelt” is about coastal
artificial groves, woods and small forests. In Japan, they are
located on many beaches, and are considered as familiar nature. Actually,
most of the green walls were planted by peasants for reclamation.
The afforestation was started from about 100-400 years ago. But the trees were badly damaged during WWII, and were planted again after the war.
In some cases, people built fences and put nets to protect their hedges from sand and tidal water. The trees are often shaped like waves, and colored grey by sand.
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