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15 Cool Manhole Covers in Japan Decorating the Ground with Rich Designs

We usually walk on the asphalt-pavement. We tend to assume it’s the same, plain grey and hard ground no matter where we go. But sometimes in Japan, we can find interesting things. What is it? It’s the manhole covers. Photo: flickr.com

 

They Express the Local History and Culture

There are several kinds of manhole covers in Japan too, but those with innovative, beautiful designs are so popular that there are enthusiasts in Japan. Also many foreign visitors of Japan have taken it up as a hot topic only recently that Japanese people even put a design on manhole covers that is only to be placed on the road.

They express the local history, specialty goods, or culture within the limited space both clearly and beautifully, and they are scattered across the country.

 

Beautiful Manhole Covers in Various Localities

We would like to introduce several manhole covers from various places below. We would like you to imagine what each local manhole cover is expressing.

1. Chitose City, Hokkaido

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https://www.flickr.com

2. Hakodate City, Hokkaido

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https://www.flickr.com

3. Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture

manhole-cover-ishinomaki
https://www.flickr.com

4. Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture

manhole-cover-takaoka
https://www.flickr.com

5. Ogasawara Village, Tokyo

manhole-cover-ogasawara
https://www.flickr.com

6. Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture

manhole-cover-matsumoto
https://www.flickr.com

7. Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture

manhole-cover-kishiwada
https://www.flickr.com

8. Ikeda City, Osaka Prefecture

manhole-cover-ikeda
https://www.flickr.com

9. Amanohashidate, Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture

manhole-cover-amanohashidate
https://www.flickr.com

10. Tawaramoto-cho, Shiki County, Nara Prefecture

manhole-cover-tawaramotocho
https://www.flickr.com

11. Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture

manhole-cover-wakayama
https://www.flickr.com

12. Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture

manhole-cover-hiroshima
https://www.flickr.com

13. Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture

manhole-cover-matsue
https://www.flickr.com

14. Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture

manhole-cover-ube
https://www.flickr.com

15. Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture

manhole-cover-kumamoto
https://www.flickr.com

In addition to the above, there are still tons of unique manhole covers in various places across the nation. If you are interested, you could take a look at websites that introduces the manhole covers.

Manhole Cover Society of Japan: http://sky.geocities.jp/usagigasi1f/

 

When you are traveling around Japan, please do pay attention not only to the landscape in front of you but also to the ground you are standing on. The ground may appear to be an ordinary flat road, but if you casually look down upon it, you might sometimes discover an interesting thing or something hidden that will impress you.

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I'm interested in general in all things related to culture and fine arts with a focus on movies, art, and design. I hope to introduce to many people all the different sides to Japan in regards to Japanese culture.

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