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.
Without any industry, the rivers of Dogo are very clean and therefore support a wide range of wildlife. This one shows Giant Salamanders.
In Tsuma, the drains depict bullfighting, a local tradition.
Flying Fish and squid. The Flying Fish is the "Prefectural Fish"
More fish on the drains in the port town of Saigo.
Japan manhole cover Oki Islands
Japanese Manhole covers
Friday, June 16, 2006