Some house art in museums and galleries, while others underneath their feet. Everywhere I traveled in Japan, I saw artistic and intricate manhole covers. Absolutely stunning art in a place you never expect to see ART!

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I love a country where they take the effort to make even a manhole cover look beautiful — not to mention just 12000+ designs of them!

When I did my research, it seems this phenomenon started in 1985. Municipalities were allowed to design their own manhole covers to raise awareness of the costly sewage projects.

Very soon, this became a craze and municipalities started competing.

What I came across & clicked are too few. This does give me another reason to go back (if I already didn’t have enough)!


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A sewer cover with the famous deer of Nara in Nara, Japan

The red maple leaf of the sewer/manhole cover in Miyajima, Japan

The Atomic bomb depiction on the manhole cover in Nagasaki, Japan

The Osaka castle on a manhole/sewer cover in Osaka, Japan

@Himeji, Japan

@Himeji, Japan

@Kobe, Japan

@Kobe, Japan

@Kobe, Japan

Peace as the key message on the site of the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan