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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Japan Manhole Covers 2012

Here is a selection of our latest photographs of Japanese manhole covers from around various parts of Japan.

Takayama manhole cover

Aomori city, Aomori Prefecture

Shingo, Aomori

Yokohama, Shimokita Peninsula, Aomori

Aomori city

Fukuchiyama, Kyoto Prefecture

Gero Onsen, Gifu

Gifu Prefecture

Hirosaki, Aomori

Mito city, Ibaraki

Mito

Nagoya, Aichi

Sado, Niigata

Sapporo, Hokkaido


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Friday, March 02, 2012

Koga Shiga Prefecture

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Last May we spent nine days in Shiga Prefecture. With Hikone as our base of operations we took the JR train to see many sights. One day we decided to go to Koga to check out the Ninja Museum. I had seen some exciting ninja activity in two Taiga Dramas in particular, "Musashi" and "Komyo Ga Tsugi."

Koga Shiga Prefecture

As we waited to board the train, an elderly woman asked us where we were going. "To Koga," answered my daughter. The woman responded, "Why?" I should have paused to hear if the crows were cawing, because that woman must have known something we did not.

We arrived in Koga at a tiny station. We had to take our tickets up to a window where a lone worker sat quietly. As we made our way toward the exit, we noticed beautifully painted murals of ninjas in various action scenes. They were designed in a way so children (and American tourists) could pose as if to be included in the precarious situation. There were even instructions posted so you could get it just right.

Koga Shiga Prefecture manhole


We exited the area and saw some ninja sculptures amidst some strikingly red maple trees. As we crossed the street we walked confidently, believing we would find the Ninja Museum in no time. We strolled here and there in the warm sunshine.

We saw the ninja-themed manhole covers and the ninja public telephone. We took a long walk past beautiful farmland, looked at interesting birds, and saw a bumper sticker on a barn which said "United We Stand," a reference to the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March. We were getting pretty hot and sweaty by this time, and we were grateful to find a vending machine next to the barn. A local said hello to us as I took a drink of CC Lemon.

Koga Shiga Prefecture ninja


We never found the museum. And by this time we felt too stupid to ask anyone for help. We went back to the station, too small to have any food for sale, and rode the JR back to Hikone. These days we say the ninja were just too clever for us, and they had hidden themselves as they watched us walk aimlessly through Koga. Next time I will heed the message from the old woman!

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Manhole Covers From Japan

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These manhole covers are from Hisai in Mie Prefecture, Mitake and Sekigahara in Gifu Prefecture, Hagi in Yamaguchi, Toyokawa, Tokoname and Inazawa, all in Aichi.

Sekigahara Manhole

Manhole covers in Japan differ from region to region and often the motif of the manhole cover reflects a regional characteristic or well-known local product. Thus the Hagi manhole cover shows its famous and delicious citrus oranges, which are used in the production of jams, jiuce, marmalade and sweets.

Mitake Manhole

Inagawa Manhole

Hisai Manhole

Hagi Manhole

The manhole from Tokoname shows a brick chimney from a kiln as the area is well-known for its ceramics.

Tokoname Manhole

Toyokawa Manhole


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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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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Kanagawa Prefecture Manhole Covers

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Enjoy these manhole covers from Kanagawa Prefecture kindly sent to us by Gene Melson. Japanese manhole covers often present the main attractions and characteristics of their localities. Thus the ports of Yokohama and Yokosuka have suitably nautical themes and an image of the American navy commander Commodore Perry, who landed in Yokosuka in 1853.

Japanese manhole covers are a unique form of street design and definitely worth keeping your eyes to the ground for.

Yokohama Manhole

Kanagawa Prefecture Manhole Cover

Can you see the face in this manhole cover (above)?

Kanagawa Prefecture Manhole Cover

Kanagawa Prefecture Manhole Cover


Kanagawa Prefecture Manhole Cover


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Shikoku Manholes

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We love Japanese manholes and it seems our visitors like them too from the feedback we have had.

Here are some more Japanese manholes from the island of Shikoku including manholes from Takamatsu, Matsuyama, Konpira-san and Tokushima.

Matsuyama manhole
Matsuyama manhole
Konpira-san manhole
Takamatsu manhole
Takamatsu manhole
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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Japanese Manhole Covers IV

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Enjoy these manhole covers from Shimane and Hiroshima Prefecture. Japanese manhole covers often present the main attractions and characteristics of their localities. Thus the Miyajima manhole in Hiroshima portrays the maple leaf the picturesque island is famous for. Masuda is on the Japan Sea coast and is known for its fish and fishing port.

Japanese manhole covers are a unique form of street design and definitely worth keeping your eyes to the ground for.

Masuda manhole

Matsue manhole

Miyajima manhole

Yasaka manhole

Hikawa Shimane

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Monday, January 28, 2008

More Japanese Manhole Covers

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We can't get enough of Japanese manhole covers. As committed drainspotters we hope to bring you a steady diet of Japanese manhole covers throughout the year.

The following Japanese manhole covers were shot in Shimane Prefecture in the south west of Honshu.

Nichihara Manhole Cover, Shimane Prefecture

Nichihara Manhole Cover, Shimane Prefecture

Masuda Manhole Cover, Shimane Prefecture

Gotsu Manhole Cover, Shimane Prefecture

Asahi Manhole Cover, Shimane Prefecture


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