All around Japan, manhole covers vary in character and design depending on which region and district you’re at. We came across this manhole cover around the Sanjo-dori district in Kyoto and found it very clever (and handy!) since we’ve pretty much lost our bearings right at that moment.
These are everyday manhole covers around the country and not a product of someone’s art exhibit. I admire the attention to detail and the way the Japanese infuse beauty and precision even in the most ordinary of objects.
People think I’m kidding when I tell them to look for manhole covers when they travel to Japan but as I mentioned in a previous post, there is beauty in the mundane.
This definitely puts a new meaning to “functional art”