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JR East Opens Tokyo's Largest Rooftop Rental Farm

Last modified April 27, 2011 09:08

As part of its environmental activities, JR East Group has promoted rooftop gardens on its shopping malls, office buildings and station buildings to mitigate the urban heat island effect and to save energy consumption on air-conditioning. The group has been in the rental farm business since 2009 and has opened "Soradofarms" on the JR Ebisu Building and near JR Toda Station.

JR East Opens Tokyo's Largest Rooftop Rental Farm

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East Japan Railway (JR East) Group announced on December 7, 2010, that it would open a rental farm named "Soradofarm Lumine" on the rooftop of the Lumine Ogikubo Building, starting from March 5, 2011. The farm is about 535 square meters (including pathways), and will be the largest rental rooftop farm on commercial buildings in Tokyo.

As part of its environmental activities, JR East Group has promoted rooftop gardens on its shopping malls, office buildings and station buildings to mitigate the urban heat island effect and to save energy consumption on air-conditioning. The group has been in the rental farm business since 2009 and has opened "Soradofarms" on the JR Ebisu Building and near JR Toda Station.

This rental farm allows people who rent farm plots to enjoy contact with soil and plants in the urban area by working to cultivate fruits and vegetables. They are also places for socialization and relaxation. In addition, because the rental farms are located on commercial buildings, people farming the plots can conveniently go shopping after their farm work.

Source: Japan for Sustainability

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