Manholes in Japan

I’m too tired to write, so I’m just going to post these pictures of Japanese manholes. Every town in Japan has it’s own custom manhole. The first one is from Himeji. I did a bike ride from Akashi to Himeji and was able to find this sweet manhole cover:

This one is from Akashi in Hyogo-ken. It has a typo. I’m not sure how one makes a typo on a large piece of molded steel but someone lost their job on this one. It’s supposed to say, “rain water drainage”, but instead just says “light” or “thin”. Maybe they want to say that this is not water out of a nuclear reactor. I don’t know. I thought it was just my bad gaijin eyes when reporting this to home base, but then when checking out the pictures, the evidence was damning.

And Osaka. My buddy Sam had a full color one in his house. I don’t know if he was able to bring it back to the states. I kind of doubt that it would get out of the airport.

And a square one depicting Kobe as Middle Earth:

A more impressive set is here. You can pick a prefecture on the map (or on the side bar) and get a list of areas within that prefecture. Click on the links until you see some cool pictures. If you can’t read, it’s ok, just click on things until you see something. It’s a sweet site.

About Pete Larson

Researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Lecturer in the University of Michigan School of Public Health and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I do epidemiology, public health, GIS, health disparities and environmental justice. I also do music and weird stuff.

One response to “Manholes in Japan”

  1. Luis-Sama says :

    Pete-Chan, when will you post photos of Minakawa-san?

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