Pretty Sewage


Manhole covers came up in an earlier post. One may notice that none of the images are mine; I merely linked to other people’s images on the net. Since I was reminded that I have few images for someone who is supposed to be a member of a national photo society, I am trying to insert more visual elements into my writing.

Sunday, a friend and I took a trip to Mino city (美濃市) in Gifu prefecture (岐阜県); a city known for its long history of paper making. When I say ‘long’, that means “more than 1300 years”. I’ll post more about paper soon.

We had a misadventure which landed us at the hospital for a couple hours. Um, that sounds bad… we got on the wrong bus and the easiest way to get back on track was to ride to the end of the line and transfer to another bus. The terminus was the hospital and the next bus was nearly two hours later. Mino Manhole Square Crop 1We went hunting for food and walked over this manhole on the way. I remembered to snap a photo. (Now, I suppose I should try to remember to snap photos of the ones here, which I tread on everyday.)

After studying the photo at home for a day, the meaning of the logo came to me. Notice the image that looks like three hexagons? The hexagons are stylized forms of the character ‘no’ (の) and the number three is often represented by the sound ‘mi’, so the three hexagons are ‘mi-no’. This is apparently the city logo for Mino city.


10 Responses to “Pretty Sewage”

  1. Stefanie Says:

    Very pretty. And what a clever city logo.

  2. verbivore Says:

    How lovely, I wish I had paid better attention to the manhole covers on Kyushu…I don’t think I remember noticing a single one.

  3. びっくり Says:

    Perhaps you were too busy looking at trees and mountains. I haven’t been to Kyushu yet, but I hear there are a lot of beautiful areas.

  4. verbivore Says:

    And the onsen and forests. Yes, I was spoiled living in such a quiet part of Japan. I don’t think I would ever want to live in the bustle of Japanese city life – perhaps only in Kyoto….

  5. びっくり Says:

    If you were far enough in the countryside, maybe you didn’t see manholes because you had open sewers. 🙂 I first came to Japan in 1989 on a business trip and was surprised to find a lot of open sewers.

  6. fightingwindmills Says:

    Wow, Bikkuri, I can’t believe that you figured out the symbolism of “mi” “no.” You never cease to amaze me. Thanks for taking my suggestion about visuals seriously. 😛

  7. びっくり Says:

    Ah, not only have I taken you seriously… I have several more photos and I’m trying to decide which to post. I also had an idea to take a series of photos of residences that nobody in America would think are residences. I’ve spotted a few houses that look like something cobbled onto the side of a cheap SF movie starship. Although this may go the way of my “Prison or School” visual quiz plan.

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