Jan 29, 2019
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The Beautiful Manhole Cover Art of Japan

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In 95% of Japan’s 1,780 municipalities you will find artistic manhole covers unique to each city and town. It has become apart of the country’s national culture and it’s fascinating to see the different designs and styles that each town and city has chosen to represent them. With over 6,000 manhole cover artworks, it’s no surprise that spotting and photographing them has become a hobby for many.

Apparently all manhole covers are forged in Nagashima Foundry from carved master plates that have all been preserved in a central library. To learn more about the amazing manhole cover art of Japan there’s plenty of resources: there’s a Japanese website with locations and information; a book called ‘Drainspotting‘; a Flickr group with several thousand images; and a wonderful individual collection by S Morito (MRSY on Flickr) with over 352 different manhole covers.

Random factoid: Manhole covers are round so the covers can never accidentally fall inside. Brilliant!

 

 

1. Osaka

 

 

 

2. Osaka City

 

 

 

3. Takamatsu Kagawa

 

 

 

4. Kinosaki Town

 

 

 

5. Kadoma City

 

 

 

6. Kishiwada City

 

 

 

7. Yakage Okayama

 

 

 

8. Ichinomiya Town

 

 

 

9. Izumisno City

 

 

 

10. Ibaraki City

 

 

 

11. Yamatokoriyama Nara

 

 

 

12. Takahama Fukui

 

 

 

13. Ikoma Nara

 

 

 

14. Kuwana Mie

 

 

 

15. Daito City

 

 

 

16. Kishiwada City

 

 

 

17. Izumi Osaka

 

 

 

18. Yasugi City

 

 

 

19. Matsue Shimane

 

 

 

20. Ogaka Gifu

 

 

 

21. Ikaruga Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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