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Friday, March 31, 2006

Manhole Covers II

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.

Drain, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture. The birds are cormorants, used for fishing as in the more well known Arashiyama near Kyoto

Drain, Miyoshi, Hiroshima Prefecture. The birds are cormorants, used for fishing as in the more well known Arashiyama near Kyoto.


Drain. Izumo-Yokota, Shimane Prefecture

Drain. Izumo-Yokota, Shimane Prefecture.


Drain. Izumo-Yokota, Shimane Prefecture
Drain. Izumo-Yokota, Shimane Prefecture.


Water Manhole. Izumo-Minari, Shimane. The image depicts a bridge over the Hii river
Water Manhole. Izumo-Minari, Shimane. The image depicts a bridge over the Hii river.


Drain. Kisuki Town, Shimane. Home of the Orochi legend, images of the 8-headed serpent are everywhere
Drain. Kisuki Town, Shimane. Home of the Orochi legend, images of the 8-headed serpent are everywhere.


Water, Kisuki Town, Shimane
Water, Kisuki Town, Shimane.


Water, Kisuki Town, Shimane. Susano and his wife Kushiinada
Water, Kisuki Town, Shimane. Susano and his wife Kushiinada.


More Manhole Covers - Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Shimane, Hiroshima

Drainspotting Links
Backspace
Dan Heller's Manhole Collection
Drainspotting Links

1 comment:

grateworks said...

I think Japanese Manhole Covers are among the most decorative covers in the world. Some day I hope to do a whole series of creative works based on Japanese Covers. (But first I need a sponsor who could own most of the works when I complete them.)

Check out my unique art work based on manhole covers and water covers.
-Bobbi Mastrangelo
www.grateworks.com