Mind your step

Manholes in Japan. It’s very interesting to find that in some countries manholes are not made of metal. I am so used to the manholes with various pictures that I cannot think of manholes without pictures.

Layyla over the rooftops of the world

At least in Japan, watch where you are going – apart from sky scrapers, incredible crowds of people, millions of neons shining at you (I imagine, never beeen there myself, actually), and the everpresent craze about mobile phones, i-phones and other I-screens it’s worth looking down at a rather usual – it would seem  – items. One of the coolest attraction in Japan lies beneath the feet.

All across the country, manhole covers are custom made for individual towns and cities and they are colorfully painted. Designs ranges from images of cultural history, from flora and fauna, to landmarks and local festivals, to fanciful images dreamed up by school children. The trend started in the 1980s when Japan wanted to standardize their sewer system.  Today nearly 95 percent of the 1,780 municipalities in Japan sport their own specially designed manhole covers.

The art of manhole covers has now reached the point…

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