Decorative Manhole Covers From Japan

Some people have seen them, some have not. Throughout the country of Japan, the covers that enter into the underground are not simply plates of iron: they bring a happy and refreshing visual display as one walks and goes about their day.

Cities that have grown dark, grey and gloomy could certainly gain a lot of value by utilizing this type of cover in their own environments. If you know of other countries that have similar public art as such, we’d love to hear about it on our facebook page! You can find more examples of decorative manhole covers here.


Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. A 4th generation San Franciscan, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in cultural anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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  1. marcellosays:

    what a gorgeous way to adorn city infrastructure!

  2. Once again Japan proves that it’s so much cooler than the rest of the world.

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