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the last square metre

At first I thought I was imagining things. I did a double-take. I almost dropped my tako-yaki balls in disbelief. Yes, I actually found some grass in Osaka. This could well be the last patch of grass left in the city. If the authorities find out about it, they'll have a man standing by it in a uniform holding a flag and have it covered with concrete quicker than you can say, "What are you wearing a uniform and waving that flag for?"

Grass is looked upon as an expensive waste of time in Osaka. It needs to be cut. It needs to be watered. Someone needs to be paid to do it. Concrete is easy. It needs to be poured and then left alone for twenty years. That's all.


Osaka's final patch of grass. It's about the size of a tatami mat and sandwiched between some buildings. Its precise location cannot be disclosed for obvious reasons.
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On Sunday, 06 August, 2006, Anonymous Patches said:

That patch of grass is about twice the size of my apartment in Umeda. Thinking of moving to the patch of grass; please disclose it's whereabouts immediately for my comfort's sake. Domo.  



On Monday, 07 August, 2006, Blogger Ranter said:

Ha! That patch is so small you could trim it with scissors! Lest it get out of control and take over the neighbourhood...  



On Monday, 07 August, 2006, Blogger Invader Stu said:

Quick! Don't miss out on this opportunity. You have to eBay this rare patch of greenery.  



On Monday, 07 August, 2006, Blogger Kallun said:

I've been made to participate on picnics in Tokyo held on patches of grass smaller than that. Osaka must be great with its wide-open spaces.  



On Tuesday, 08 August, 2006, Anonymous blogtimizer said:

hhhmm, interesting information. do you think, there are more patch of grass out there? :D  



On Tuesday, 15 August, 2006, Blogger Lewis said:

My lord, GRASS!!! Well I'll be... they don't even have that in the countryside in Japan. Has anyone tried playing cricket on it yet?  



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