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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Japanese Manhole Covers From Gifu & Kofu

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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.

Kofu Manhole Cover

Kira Manhole Cover

Hagiwara, Hida

Ise Manhole Cover

Himakajima, Aichi Manhole Cover

Kisogawa, Gifu Manhole Cover

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1 comment:

  1. What a beautiful way to make one take a look where feet are going.

    Over here in Athens, Greece, sadly but I guess it wouldn't be possible.

    A wonderful new week for you all!

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