Can’t imagine why I haven’t posted about this before, since I have noticed it for a long time. Manhole covers in Japan are quite elegant.
Friday night I returned from my evening class, munched on a chocolate and ice cream bar, then did a little blogging with network TV running in the background. Factories were being shown without the products and guests were trying to figure out what was made there. (I figured out the oshibori factory within seconds. Sorry, just a little bragging there.) The manhole design and manufacturing was amazing.
Pretty much every district and town has their own design. The patterns are quite intricate, often containing flowers, birds, and logos. The machinery was also amazing. I really liked the automated router.
Being too lazy to gather photos, here are some links to other blogs mentioning manholes (with pictures). Hakodate (函館) manhole from Squid blog. OpenCage has a set of 62 photos on Flickr. Here is one of his from Osaka (大阪). Here’s a series of photos of a black cat modeling a manhole cover. This cover is boring but the model is cute. It is from a blog about cycling life in Tokyo which has apparently moved here. The July archive for 2004 has a lot of manhole photos. Here’s a Flickr link for Jinx who is apparently the biker/blogger/photographer. It is all in Japanese, but the photos are interesting.
Anyhow, that’s probably more than enough. You can search for more if you want.