Isehara city’s manhole covers are some of the busier ones I’ve seen. What I mean is that there are 3 symbols rather than just one. Featured prominently is a mountain, Oyama. It’s a great mountain to hike on, and offers some nice views. Also, the flower is Isehara’s city flower, the Chinese bellflower. The last symbol is the bird. It’s the city’s offical bird, the copper pheasant. Japan’s manhole covers continue to be very interesting.
This is a colourful manhole cover.
Here’s another quick manhole cover. This one is in Zama city, Kanagawa. The city flower is the sunflower. I haven’t seen any, but I’ve heard Zama’s famous for sunflower fields. Another interesting thing is that sunflowers aren’t normally grown in Japan for their seeds. In Canada, we use sunflower seeds as a snack, and also use it to make sunflower oil. They’re also useful for removing radiation from soil, which I find quite interesting. Zama city has a sunflower festival in summer, which I’d like to see. Anyway, here’s the sewer manhole cover.
The Urawa Reds are a J-League soccer team in Saitama City. Why is that relevant? Take a look at Saitama City’s manhole covers!
It’s a soccer ball!
They come in more than one colour.
This was the first time I’d seen sports themed manhole covers. Usually, they feature the city’s flower or tree.
On Friday, my wife and I took our daughter for a several hour long walk from our home near Shonandai all the way north, following the Hikijigawa River, to Ayase City. It was the first time I’ve been to Ayase, and surprisingly not very far from here. The interesting thing about Ayase is that it’s the only city in Kanagawa without a train station. It also hosts the Naval Air Facility Atsugi, which is the largest American Navy air base in the Pacific. It’s also the source of all of the planes we hear daily. Anyway, I took a picture of one of Ayase’s manhole covers. There’s another cover, but I couldn’t get it, as they were all out in the middle of the street! But this one is the sewer manhole cover, and it features Ayase’s city flower, the rose.
This rose probably doesn’t make the sewer smell better.
Once a week, I go to Machida city in Tokyo. Machida has its own set of manhole covers which I took pictures of in the late evening. So, these pictures are a bit dark.
The first manhole cover is for rain water. The design is of a tree, which I assume is Machida’s tree, the Japanese zelkova.
Japanese zelkova design on the storm drain manhole cover.
The other manhole cover is for the sewer. This one has what appears to be a flower, and I believe it’s Machida’s city flower, the Scarlet Sage.
Scarlet Sage covering the sewer.
I’ll be checking out more manhole covers when I can. Unfortunately, Yokohama’s manhole covers aren’t very special.
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.
This is the storm drain, or rainwater, manhole cover. It features Wisteria.
This manhole cover features the Japanese black pine. This one is for the sewer.
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.
This one covers an air valve.
While this one covers a place where partitions can be set up.
Finally, this yellow one is a fire hydrant.
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?