Urban development in Japan is finally making the kind of progress that residents can feel. The cluster in economic development as discussed by Michael Porter exists in Japan as can be read in Strategy for Cluster Initiatives in Japan by Yoko Ishikura, et al. But I am directly benefitting from the urban planning done for Kohoku area in Yokohama City, called green matrix. I simply love riding on my bicycle through this 15 kilometer route. My kids reached the age that they can join me for the ride as well, and from where I live, having access to this green matrix park enriches my life in a profound way.
Some photos can be seen of what is along this long strip of park, but here is a cafe (Parkside Cafe) located along the way. Unfortunately, this is the only cafe or retail shop of this design caliber located on this strip. I hope in the future more retail producers and architects will spice up this area, as they did along the Meguro River.