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What did our cities’ natural landscapes originally look like? In a sprawling metropolis such as Tokyo, with concrete encrusting almost every inch of earth, walling every riverbank and towering up to the skies, it is almost impossible to imagine.

Thankfully, the Institute for Nature Study in the heart of the capital maintains a fragment of an old ecosystem to aid the imagination in this regard. There, just a short walk from Meguro Station, this 200,000-sq.-meter patch of forest and wetland remains very much unlike a typical urban park.

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