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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Manhole covers in Japan

マンホールの蓋

Japanese manhole covers, which come in a variety of designs depending on locality, utility type and the manufacturer of the manhole cover, have caught the imagination of a growing number of "drainspotters" from around the world.

A quick search on Google reveals the increasing number of tribute sites (see below for links) and the popularity of the cult of the manhole.

Japan's manhole covers often include a symbol specific to an area or town as part of the overall design. In Kyoto, a turtle (a symbol of wisdom and longevity) is the main motif, in addition local landmarks, festivals or flora and fauna can all be incorporated into these works of art under our feet.

If you have a manhole cover shot and wish to show it on this blog please contact us if you'd like us to display it.

Combined sewage system manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Combined sewage system manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.


Water supply manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.

Water supply manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.


Decorative manhole cover in Chuo ward, Tokyo, Japan.
Decorative manhole cover, Chuo ward, Tokyo.


Fire extinguisher manhole cover in Minato ward, Tokyo.
Fire extinguisher manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.


Manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.
Manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.


Domestic water supply manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.
Domestic water supply manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.


Combined sewer system manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.
Combined sewer system manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.


Fire emergency manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.
Fire emergency manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.


NTT communications manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.
NTT telecommunications manhole cover, Minato ward, Tokyo.


Nagoya Manhole Cover
Nagoya manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya.


Nagoya sewage system manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya
Nagoya sewage system manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya.


Nagoya sewage system manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya
Nagoya sewage system manhole cover, Tenpaku ward, Nagoya.


Nagoya
Water manhole cover, Sakurae Town, Shimane.



Nagoya
Nagoya Fire Services manhole cover, Naka ward, Nagoya.


Sakurae Town, Shimane
Nagoya manhole cover, Naka ward, Nagoya.


Kyoto manhole cover - notice the central turtle design
Kyoto manhole cover, Kita ward, Kyoto.


Izumo City Water Manhole Cover
Izumo city manhole cover, Shimane Prefecture.


Izumo Taisha Water Manhole Cover
Izumo Taisha manhole cover, Shimane Prefecture.


More Manhole Covers From Japan

More Manhole Covers From Hiroshima & Shimane Prefectures

Manhole Covers from the Dogo Islands Shimane Prefecture

Drainspotting Links

Frangipani
Backspace
Friendship Society of Japanese Drainspotters
Dan Heller's Manhole Collection
Drainspotting Links

1 comment:

John said...

I just love the manhole covers in Japan, and I've starting taking pictures of them. I also enjoy the area "around" the manhole covers as well. It all creates a nice composition. Check out my pics and feel free to put any of them on your site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/verycoolwinter/sets/72057594111057545/