Sunday, December 03, 2006

Japanese Manhole Cover Art




















A good answer to all those who thinks that manhole cover is a piece of trash and Japanese people has turned it into a thing of beauty.
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29 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh boy!this is good stuff...i really am not sure if the art is for real or is this some kind of joke.

Plus,how come the manholes are so clean.You took the pics in a museum or something?If they were on the roads the colours cant possibly be so bright.
Either way,really neat stuff.Keep it coming.
peace,ajoy

Anonymous said...

"Plus,how come the manholes are so clean.You took the pics in a museum or something?If they were on the roads the colours cant possibly be so bright."

It is Japan~ If you have been there you would understand, Japanese people respect public area as if it's their own homes, it's a total joy to walk on their streets, everything always so clean n neat~ ;)

Sudhir P said...

Damn cool pics indeed

Anonymous said...

Wow, the United States has got to get some better manhole covers. The rest of the world is making us look bad :)

Anonymous said...

these manhole covers are amazing. you're right, it is a perfect example of how something associated with dirt and filth can be transformed into a thing of beauty.

Anonymous said...

I lived in Japan for 3 years and never discovered the manholes. Where was I? I must have been looking up? There is so much to see there. Now I just feel like I've missed another really cool part of their culture! I'm sad. Your site is great!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures!

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Michelle said...

These are some amazing pictures ;-)

J T said...
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J T said...

Hi,
awesome site, some of this stuff is really interesting. This page in particular caught my eye, as I have just come back (to NZ) from Japan, and was fascinated by the manhole designs - see my blog for other examples. If u like, I can email the pics of them to u so u can include them. I have pics of Kobe, Yokkaichi, Himeji, etc stuff from Honshu

MANHOLE MANDALA ART said...

The Japanese have manholes down to color. Does anyone know what they are using for the color?

I have been using colored sand.

"Keep ypour eyes looking down. There's art on the ground."

see: www.riveredgerecord.org
or google manhole mandala

cleek said...

here's one i found in Japan, last year. it's very similar to the rectangular one with the little fireman.

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jerry said...

Thanks for this - there are a couple of other photos of Tokyo manhole covers on my blog at Mindsigh

Buy Levitra said...

Great article! Thanks.

Phentermine said...

Thanks for interesting article.

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Soccerphile said...

In some cases the color is a type of rubber which sometimes peels off over time.

Magalie said...

these are very cool! nice collection.

Max said...

This is great stuff -- I ran across it after I'd just created an artificial manhole cover with my son as a Halloween project (see http://www.pldesignline.com/211600193)

Now I have "manhole cover envy" (grin)

Anonymous said...

Wicked pics, I remember seeing some similar to those. I did recognize the Yokosuka Fire hydrant access one. I also noticed the one that was upside down(http://photos1.blogger.com/x/blogger/7016/3128/1600/267334/manholes03.jpg). I could still read it. Kind of makes me want to go back to Japan again for another 7 years.

Just a Blogger said...

I've seen a lot of manholes in my life. You can read about my funny experiences with them at Slow Day at Work, but I've never seen cool ones like these!

BillyO said...

Art is drawing attention to what-seemed- as-the-obvious - to make it special. Your post has transformed another part of life into art. Thank you.

It follows the great Netsuke whereby a part of a tie-string was transformed into objects of wonder. Really it is the same with Western Art - but the west has forgotten - a painting was a way of making a wall interesting. It is the celebration of the obvious.

Unfortunately most of modern art has lost it.
Bill

Anonymous said...

Fabulous pics! I started noticing how unique and artistic some manhole covers are and have photographed them in Greece and Norway. Portland, OR, uses roses on them.

Kerja Keras Adalah Energi Kita said...

Damn,...really cool pict!