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Manhole covers in Japan

Japanese manhole covers, which come in a variety of designs depending on locality, utility type and the manufacturer of the manhole cover, have caught the imagination of a growing number of "drainspotters" from around the world.

A quick search on Google reveals the increasing number of tribute sites and the popularity of the cult of the manhole.

Japan's manhole covers often include a symbol specific to an area or town as part of the overall design. In Kyoto, a turtle (a symbol of wisdom and longevity) is the main motif, in addition local landmarks, festivals or flora and fauna can all be incorporated into these works of art under our feet.

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Kanazawa Manhole Cover, Kanazawa Prefecture.

Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture.


Kakunodate manhole cover, Akita Prefecture.

Kakunodate City, Akita Prefecture.


Sendai manhole cover, Miyagi Prefecture.

Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture.



Shiroishi manhole, Yamagata Prefecture.

Shiroshi City,Yamagata Prefecture.


Takayama manhole, Gifu Prefecture.

Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture.


Tazawa-ko manhole, Akita Prefecture.

Tazawa-ko, Akita Prefecture.


Tendo manhole, Yamagata Prefecture.

Tendo City, Yamagata Prefecture.


Toyama manhole, Toyama Prefecture.

Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture.


Toyokawa Inari manhole, Aichi Prefecture.

Toyokawa Inari, Aichi Prefecture.


Toyokawa manhole, Aichi Prefecture.

Toyokawa, Toyokawa Prefecture.


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