2014
08.04

SYNOPSIS:  About a curious, wide-spread Japanese phenomenon.

 

Thanks to Carl who mentioned early on that I should pay attention to the manholes in Japan, I did.  I can’t add anything about the history or origins of the unique and artistic manholes that is not mentioned in the article I am posting below.  Nobody with half an eye could miss the colorful variations of the manholes in Japan after walking around for a bit.  But I know it would have taken me much longer to catch up on this unique phenomenon if Carl had not alerted me to this.  Thanks!  So, I went through Japan always mindful of manholes and I got a few good ones.  Of course, the examples in the article are a lot better than mine. To do these critters justice one should have a consistently elevated view and wait for the sun.  At times I did not, as I did not always have my wide-angled lens with me and I was traveling in the rainy season and a few of those examples are wet.  I also was not sure if I preferred the colored versions of the more pure, iron ones.  Each city usually has both.  The painting schemes are consistent but seem to be done by hand.  I am not sure, but I am giving you a whole slew of all I found.  Enjoy.  Curiously absent were any examples of note in Kyoto.  Did Kyoto not catch on to this trend?

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/03/the-beauty-of-japans-artistic-manhole-covers/

Otherwise, this day was spent as uneventful in transit as these travel days go.

I have now reached the final destination of this trip, going right back to where I started:  Tokyo.

Good night.