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Japanese drain covers

Japanese manhole covers, which come in a variety of designs depending on their locality in Japan, 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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Ikuchijima, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Ikuchijima, Hiroshima Prefecture.


Kaminoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture

Kaminoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture.


Kurashiki Manhole.

Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture.



Miura City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture.


Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture.


Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture.


Sada, Shimane Prefecture.

Sada, Shimane Prefecture.


Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture.

Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture.


Yuda Onsen City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Yuda Onsen, Yamaguchi Prefecture.


Yuda Onsen, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Yuda Onsen, Yamaguchi Prefecture


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