One of the tools a japanese niwashi (gardener) cannot do without: A jigote (pronounce gee-go-te).
It is a tool used for digging in small spaces, forming landscapes, moving soil, scraping, cutting etc. Until now I have been borrowing one from a senpai who is abroad for the moment, and I found it extremely useful.
I bought my own and I am as proud as can be – handmade and not cheap (5500 yen, about 55 USD). It is also a commitment for my future as a gardener – designing gardens is not enough for me, I want to build them with my own hands.