On my recent trip to Kyoto (京都) I had a purpose, but rare is the occasion where I have only one purpose. One of my secondary objectives was to catch a few of the manhole covers on film for all those afficionados on the net. I was surprised to see how many there were in Kyoto and caught a few of them quickly; however, I was especially pleased when I stumbled upon this one, which I titled “My Manhole”.
A friend of a friend had shown me this image on their cell phone, but could not recall where they had shot it, other than, “Possibly in Kyoto”. Since that day, the image has lingered in the back of my mind; such a rare find that it must be tracked down and its meaning unlocked. The character in the middle of the cover, drawn in a slightly stylized script, is watashi which means ‘me’ or ‘I’. This is located in Kyoto near Shijo (四条) on a small alley. Sou-sou and Iwai (井和井) stores are nearby. If you want to look for it, it should be easy to find.
I still don’t know if it is one of a kind or if it can be found around the area. Nor do I know why someone would label their manhole with ‘me’. I imagine the curiousity will get to me eventually.