Drain Spotting

On the first full day in Japan, I looked down onto the street pavement and saw something that made me realize that we were definitely NOT in the United States any more.

What was seen?

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A manhole cover for the fire department, for access to water mains. They do not make them like this in Amurrica.

This first sighting turned me into a drain spotter.

Municipalities have their own designs.

Yokosuka’s manhole covers show Commodore Matthew C. Perry.

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Perry’s mid-nineteenth century arrival bullied Japan into ending a long period of excluding most foreigners. I first learned about the Commodore from philately. The US issued this centennial five cent stamp in in 1953.

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Yokosuka’s covers feature cherry blossoms.

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Yokohama’s show some of their spectacular suspension bridges.

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Smaller covers, for utilities, dot streets and sidewalks.

 

 

 

Even the plainest of covers include elements of design that move them a notch past “ho hum” utilitarian.

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I’m illiterate when it comes to Japanese.

Were I not so handicapped, I could tell you more about each of these.

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Anti-slip grid patterns came in various shapes.

Here is honeycomb.

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Here’s one with an amaryllis family spider lily.

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Not all covers are fresh and clean. Here’s a beauty from a roadside vacant lot.

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I find this as lovely as one of those unexpected chance views in a Japanese garden. 

I may add a few more photos, as the processing of these Japan photos continues.

But that about covers it for now.

 

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3 responses to “Drain Spotting

  1. We bought some crayons to do rubbings when we were in Florence, the covers would have made great rubbings! rebecca

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