Manhole Covers XIX

Japanese drain covers - Drainspotting in Tottori Prefecture and Tokyo

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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Manhole cover in Setagaya ward, Tokyo.
Manhole cover in Setagaya ward, Tokyo.
Manhole in Setagaya ward, Tokyo.
Manhole cover in Setagaya ward, Tokyo.

Manhole cover in Setagaya ward, Tokyo, celebrating the profession of surveying.
Manhole cover in Setagaya ward, Tokyo, celebrating the work of surveyers

Manhole cover for emergency toilet in Sumida ward, Tokyo.
Manhole cover for emergency toilet in Setagaya ward, Tokyo

Manhole cover in Tottori Prefectural Flower Park, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
Manhole cover in Tottori Prefectural Flower Park, Tottori Prefecture

Manhole cover in Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
Manhole cover in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture

Manhole cover in Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
Manhole cover in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture

Manhole cover in Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
Manhole cover in Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture