Design: Japanese Manhole Covers

Manhole covers? I know what you’re thinking – what could possibly be special about a manhole covers? Well, have a look. These are beautifully designed pieces of art, each unique to the specific city or town. 95% of Japan’s 1,780 municipalities have specially designed  covers totally well over 6000 different designs. All the covers are forged in one foundry, (the Nagashima Foundry in Osaka) from carved master plates that have all been preserved in a central library. As there are so many, it has become a bit of a hobby for some to photograph as many as possible. The photos here are from the collection of S. Morita.

Yakage Okayama

Onomichi City

Kinosaki Town

Hikigawa Wakayama

Kanaya Town

Osaka City

Kawabe Town

Yamatokoriyama Nara


Kuwana Mie

Izumisno City


Izumi Osaka

Takamatsu Kagawa


Posted on May 10, 2012, in Graphic Design and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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