Gorgeously painted manhole covers add beauty to city streets in Japan | Grist

Manhole cover in Japan. From grist.org.

A lot of times its the details of a place that make it stand out. Jess Zimmerman’s recent post shows some of these details in Japanese municipalities, where beautifully sculpted and painted manhole covers were installed to help convince people to accept new sewer systems. Covers like the one above and the others in Zimmerman’s post are laid in sidewalks, but even the ones in the streets feature the intricate carvings, if not the painting. A fun little detail that can make a place more memorable.


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