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Friday, June 16, 2006

Drainspotting on Dogo

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Manhole cover

While exploring Dogo, the largest of the Oki Islands, I noticed that just about every village had their own unique designs for drain covers. In general it seems that the residents and local governments of the rural areas spend more time and energy on the beautification of their area. Big cities tend to have just one or two designs for their drain covers, and most are simple patterns. The photo above shows seals and fish.

Manhole cover

Without any industry, the rivers of Dogo are very clean and therefore support a wide range of wildlife. This one shows Giant Salamanders.

Manhole cover

In Tsuma, the drains depict bullfighting, a local tradition.

Manhole cover

Flying Fish and squid. The Flying Fish is the "Prefectural Fish"

Manhole cover

More fish on the drains in the port town of Saigo.



Japanese Manhole covers

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