Manhole Covers XX

Japanese drain covers - Drainspotting in Japan: Kochi, Kyoto, Hyogo, Mie, Shiga, Shimane, Tottori, Yamaguchi

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 Amanohashidate, Kyoto.
Manhole cover in Amanohashidate, a pine covered sandbar stretching across Miyazu Bay on the coast north of Kyoto Prefecture, is classed as one of the Top Three Views in Japan
Manhole cover in Hamada, Shimane.
Manhole cover in Hamada, Shimane Prefecture - the deity Susano defeats the serpent Orochi in the most well known Iwami Kagura performance nowadays.

Manhole cover in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture.
Manhole cover in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture - Hikone is home to one of the few remaining original castles in Japan

Manhole cover in Himeji, Hyogo.
Himeji manhole - known as the "White Heron Castle", Himeji Castle is the most visited castle in Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Manhole cover in Ise, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
Ise in Mie Prefecture was visited by millions of pilgrims in the Edo Period - Ise Grand Shrine is still a popular pilgrimage site today

Manhole cover in Izushi, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Manhole cover in Izushi - the clock tower in Izushi, a castle town in the countryside of northern Hyogo prefecture

Manhole cover in Kochi Prefecture, Japan.
Manhole cover in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku, depicting Kochi Castle and the city bird, the Japanese Wagtail and city tree, the Chinaberry

Manhole cover in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, Japan.
Nakatsu Manhole - Krokanhun, the mascot based on Kuroda Kanbe, the famous samurai who built Nakatsu Castle, Oita Prefecture

Manhole cover in Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture is the birthplace of famed manga writer Shigeru Mizuki whose most famous creation is Gegege no Kitaro

Manhole cover in Yuda Onsen, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
Yuda Onsen in Yamaguchi Prefecture was founded according to the legend by a white fox. The Yamaguchi SL steam train makes a stop there