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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 so-called "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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Okayama manhole cover.

Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture.


Okayama manhole cover.

Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture.


Hida Furukawa manhole, Gifu Prefecture.

Hida-Furukawa City, Gifu Prefecture.



Mizusawa manhole cover, Iwate Prefecture.

Mizusawa City, Iwate Prefecture.


Okazaki manhole, Aichi Prefecture.

Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture.


Okayama Manhole Cover.

Okayama, Okayama Prefecture.


Okayama Manhole Cover.

Okayama, Okayama Prefecture.


Mizuho manhole cover, Shimane Prefecture.

Mizuho, Shimane Prefecture.


Manhole cover, Munakata, Kyushu.

Munakata, Fukuoka Prefecture.


Okayama manhole cover.

Okayama, Okayama Prefecture.


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