Drainspotting: Japan’s Beautiful Manhole Covers

by Matt Forcey

As the title suggests, Remo Camerota’s blog Drainspotting,  requires an eye for the odd bursts of color along city streets.  The covers are part of a 20 year beautification program between Japanese cities and various foundries to make manhole covers that reflect the particular culture of the city in which it’s located.

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In an interview with Nagashima Foundry president Hirotaka Nagashima, he explains, “we here at Nagashima suggested designs for manhole covers that represented something about the city. The cities and towns tell us of particular elements that they require, which can be from a myth, building, panoramic view or character of the locality.”

“Drainspotting” neatly maps notable covers with a map orienting them within Japan. Through this approach, Camerota builds a window into the society, both unique and fantastic.

Via Cool Hunting

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