Japan captures your attention from the moment you step out of the airport. The sounds, the sights and the flavours – no matter where you go and what you do, there is always something interesting.
In all that craziness, it’s easy to miss yet another fascinating thing – manhole covers. Stylized, very often also in colour, they can be found just about anywhere in Japan. They usually picture something connected to the place where they are – for example in Nara they have a picture of a deer on them. Little pieces of art right under your feet.
Is Drainspotting a thing?
Apparently yes. There are hundreds of websites with big collections of manhole covers photos, there is a book and even a Japanese Society of Manhole Covers.
I had no idea it’s such a big thing while we were in Japan – I was taking photos of the covers because I thought they’re interesting but didn’t really pay much attention. Next time in Japan, I plan on joining the drain spotting movement!
Edit 27/02/2017: check out this great video about the manholes: