The joys of multitasking… (and who said men can’t do two things at once?)
It was while trying to find examples of the ginkgo as a symbol in popular culture and worms for my pet eel that I literally stepped on my inspiration for this post – manhole covers. Often overlooked or unconsciously filtered out of perception, the manhole cover is, in fact, a photographic goldmine for travelers.
Every city or municipality in Japan has its own manhole cover design, or rather, several designs or variation on a design, in addition to the manholes belonging to utility companies.
The manhole cover instantly tells who “owns” the manhole – prefectural government, local government, or private company; and what it is for – water mains, sewerage, storm-water run-off, gas, etc.
A quick web search shows that Drain Spotting is quite a hobby in Japan.
My humble collection of manhole covers covers manholes (did I really just say that?) on my route from home to work.
Look carefully at the symbols, and see if you can’t make the connections yourself.