These manhole covers are from Hida Hagiwara near Gero Onsen in Gifu Prefecture, Kofu in Yamanashi, Ise in Mie Prefecture, Kira in Aichi and Himakajima, a small island off the tip of the Chita Peninsula, south of Nagoya.
Japanese manhole covers are a unique form of street design and definitely worth keeping your eyes to the ground for. More often than not, the motif of the manhole cover reflects a regional characteristic or well-known local product. Thus we have a squid for Himakajima, fishing in Hagihara (a place known for its ayu sweet fish) and a pilgrim for Ise. Flowers are common too.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009