The 2024 Kei-Truck Gardening Contest took place over the weekend. In what is perhaps the most-Japanese contest, professional gardeners and landscapers compete to create a beautiful, seasonal, and unique landscape , all within the bed of their kei-trucks.

This contest originated in 2011 after a landscapers association came up with the idea to promote a renewed interest in gardening. It’s since spread around Japan. Read on for scenes of some of the contestants.

The Kei Truck, or kei-tora for short, is a tiny but practical vehicle that originated in Japan. Although these days it’s widely used throughout Asia and other parts of the world, in Japan you’ll often see them used in the construction and agriculture industries as they can maneuver through small side streets and easily park. And in a more recent turn of events, apparently they’re also used as a canvas for gardening contests.

The 2024 contest featured a total of 13 participants. Visitors voted for their favorites.

this garden by landscaping firm Morishi-Juen won 2nd place

this garden by landscaping firm Team South won 1st place