Using nature to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter is nothing new; however, since the March 11, 2011 triple disaster Japanese have been planting green curtains. The idea behind green curtains is that the leaves will absorb the sun’s rays, release oxygen into the air, and keep homes and offices cool. Commonly planted vines are cucumbers, goya, and morning glory. The climbing vines are planted in front of window that will allow air to pass through, but keep out some the harshest sun.
This was not the case with this little house in Ichikawa. The entire home has been completely engulfed in an ivy vine that the windows have completely disappeared. The only part of the home that has not been completely covered with vines in the front door.
I wonder if these vines really keep the home cool? Greeny green in Ichikawa sounds pretty good to me.