Japan Manhole Covers XIV

Japanese drain covers - Drainspotting in Nagasaki, Tottori, Okayama, Yamaguchi Prefectures

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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Chizu in Tottori manhole cover.
Chizu in Tottori Prefecture.

Hirado manhole, Nagasaki Prefecture.
Hirado, Nagasaki Prefecture.

Kappa and castle wall manhole, Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture.
Kappa & castle wall in Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture.
Kappa playing baseball in Kumenan, Okayama Prefecture.
Kappa playing baseball in Kumenan, Okayama Prefecture.

Koshigahama manhole near Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Koshigahama near Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Kurashiki manhole, Okayama Prefecture.
Kurashiki manhole, Okayama Prefecture.

Kurashiki manhole, Okayama Prefecture.
Kurashiki manhole, Okayama Prefecture.

Niimi manhole, Okayama Prefecture.
Niimi manhole, Okayama Prefecture.

Pelican in Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Pelican manhole in Ube City, Yamaguchi.

Sake breweries in Saijo, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Sake breweries manhole in Saijo, Hiroshima Prefecture