I used to think I was an observant person, until my cousin sent me an article about manhole covers
in Japan. I was in Japan more than 10 years when she sent me the link about the ornate manhole covers here. My first instinct was that it must be in a part of Japan that I have never visited…
Then I started looking down
and sure enough each city’s manhole cover is different.
Often they are representative of the city. For example, I recently posted about the 100 caves of Yoshimi, which is the design of the manhole covers in the that city.
Some are in colour, but most are etched into the steel without colour.
Even the fire hydrant manhole covers have their own special images.
“MatsumotoManholeCover” by Original uploader was Rei at en.wikipedia – Originally from en.wikipedia; description page is/was here.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MatsumotoManholeCover.jpg#mediaviewer/File:MatsumotoManholeCover.jpg
So if you plan to come to Japan, remember to look down! Not only will you see something unique to Japan, but you will also learn something about the area you are visiting. For those who have visited or live here; have / did you notice/d them!?
There is a fantastic selection over at the Land of Wa
The wonderful blogger behind Shizuoka gourmet often blogs about this topic and I see he recently posted an in-depth article about it, with fantastic photos, be sure to check it out; http://shizuokagourmet.com/2015/01/20/manhole-covers-in-shizuoka-prefecture-35-new-commemorative-fire-hydrant-manhole-cover-in-shzuoka-city/