Neww of youths getting involved with underground farming typically suggests the illicit and causes a bit of concern… but not this time! Inside a former bank vault hidden beneath a high rise building in Tokyo’s Otemachi business district, a square kilometer of subterranean soil has been planted with rice. There are also different rooms for growing tomatoes, lettuces, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables, as well as flowers and herbs.
The facility, Pasona O2, was built as a training facility for wanna-be farmersto create job opportunities in the agricultural sector. The project is targeting “freeters,” a Japanese expression for people between the age of 15 and 34 who lack full time employment or are unemployed. The facility is open to the public and encourages businessmen and office workers to drop by and experience hi-tech farming on their way home from work.