Painted Manhole Covers from Japan

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan

Japan is famous for their beautiful manhole covers. They come in a variety of designs and attract many tourists.

This post features a collection of creative Japanese manhole covers.

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 2

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Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 3

[image credit: Manhole Blog]

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 4

[image credit: Manhole Box]

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 5

[image credit: Manhole Box]

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 6

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Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 7

[image credit: MRSY]

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 8

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Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 9

[image credit: MRSY]

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 10

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Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 11

[image credit: MRSY]

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 12

[image credit: jpellgen]

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 13

[image credit: jpellgen]

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan 14

[image credit: Stephanie]

Painted Manhole Covers from Japan

[image credit: Snowlet]

  1. Elizabeth

    These are lovely. How are they done?

  2. Stefan

    this is not so original …

  3. Mohammad

    creativity alwayas makes life better

  4. wtyang24

    prettyyyyy

  5. Virginia

    I like! I like! Seattle has some interesting manhole covers, low relief and not painted.

  6. Winry

    Note: The roads and sidewalks in Japan are much better than the ones here in the U.S.

  7. om ipit

    really creative

  8. Simon

    I was amazed at these when in Japan last year. I actually found this great google maps mashup of the manhole covers…

    http://ittemia.jp/zensen/themes/view/38

  9. JNESS

    This is some fascinating work. I’d love to get a design challenge like this one!

  10. ♥ joanne

    I love it. I wish I can see those kind of manhole covers here in Philippines. :|
    These things make me sad because I cannot see them here in our country.

    VERY CREATIVE!

  11. Television Spy

    About a few years ago the local govenrments in certain cities decided to jazz up the manholes for tourists. They enlisted lots of well known street artists to do the job - you can see more across Tokyo.

  12. Jeremy

    Stefan,

    Neither is trolling.

  13. Xamar

    You may want to add this image:
    http://picasaweb.google.es/nadie666/JapN_#4982366371985031186

    Taken in the streets of Tokyo

  14. Larry G

    Wow! If their streets look this good, what do the art galleries look like? siyanara!

  15. hirex

    in a Russia some time it is steal. to sell as a metal.

    “Easy” money :0

  16. Gabriela Lizano

    Japan of course!!!!

  17. Elena

    What a great way to beautify a city!

  18. victoriahanna

    I’ve lived in japan for a few years, i’ve never seen or heard of a single one. aren’t there interesting manhole covers anywhere else?

  19. Mari

    Recently visited an exhibition on Berlin about manhole covers: the influence and aid of German engineers in the creation of a sewing system in Japan is very important. The esthetic is only a secondary aspect in creating these lids:they have to prevent a too slippery terrain and, also, be made so that they are not pushed into the street by the pressure in the sewer.
    They are very cute, nevertheless…

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