May 8, 2012

The Beautiful Manhole Cover Art of Japan

Ichinomiya Aichi manhole cover

 

 

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

 

Osaka pref manhole cover2 ????????????

 

 

2. Osaka City

 

Osaka city,Osaka pref manhole cover??????????????

 

 

3. Takamatsu Kagawa

 

Takamatsu Kagawa manhole cover??????????????

 

 

4. Kinosaki Town

 

Kinosaki town, Hyogo pref manhole cover??????????????

 

 

5. Kadoma City

 

Kadoma city, Osaka pref manhole cover??????????????

 

 

6. Kishiwada City

 

Kishiwada city, Osaka pref manhole cover???????????????

 

 

7. Yakage Okayama

 

Yakage Okayama manhole cover??????????????

 

 

8. Ichinomiya Town

 

Ichinomiya town,Aichi pref manhole cover2???????????????

 

 

9. Izumisno City

 

Izumisno city Osaka pref manhole cover????????????????

 

 

10. Ibaraki City

 

Ibaraki city, Osaka pref manhole cover??????????????

 

 

11. Yamatokoriyama Nara

 

Yamatokoriyama Nara manhole cover ????????????????

 

 

12. Takahama Fukui

 

Takahama Fukui manhole cover ??????????????

 

 

13. Ikoma Nara

 

Ikoma Nara manhole cover 2???????????????

 

 

14. Kuwana Mie

 

Kuwana Mie manhole cover ??????????????

 

 

15. Daito City

 

Daito city, Osaka pref manhole cover??????????????

 

 

16. Kishiwada City

 

Kishiwada city, Osaka pref manhole cover 2????????????????

 

 

17. Izumi Osaka

 

Izumi Osaka manhole cover 2 ???????????????

 

 

18. Yasugi City

 

Yasugi city, Shimane pref manhole cover??????????????

 

 

19. Matsue Shimane

 

Matsue Shimane,manhole cover??????????????

 

 

20. Ogaka Gifu

 

Ogaki Gifu manhole cover ??????????????

 

 

21. Ikaruga Town

 

Ikaruga town, Nara pref manhole cover??????????????

 

 

 

 

 

 

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