Who knew manhole covers could be an art? In Japan, each community has its own manhole cover design, usually depicting the town or city’s cultural heritage or the city flower or tree. In Fujisawa, there are a couple manhole cover designs, and they have different purposes. Fujisawa’s tree is the Japanese black pine (黒松) while its flower is the Wisteria. Both are on Fujisawa’s manhole covers.
But wait, there’s more! There are three others that look like manhole covers, all with the same design. However, they aren’t actually manhole covers. The first two differ only by the labels. The final one has another label, but it’s also yellow. You’ll see why.
Fire hydrants in Japan are under the road. They aren’t like the ones in North America, which are above ground. These are marked by yellow paint, so they can be seen much more easily and can be differentiated from all the other covers.
In the future, I may take some more manhole cover photos in other cities. If you live in Japan, what are your manhole covers like?