Manhole Covers In Japan Blow My Mind! We Need Some Of These Here

Imagine walking down the street and seeing all these magnificent pieces of art dotting the street instead of drab, boring iron manhole covers. Japan has done just that, painting thousands of them and decorating the street with splashes of color.

Supposedly, this started with a bureaucrat back in 1985. He wanted to raise awareness on the high costs of sewage projects and make the public more willing to accept that. So, he allowed municipalities to paint them as they pleased. Popular designs include trees, landscapes, floral designs and birds.

S. Morita has photographed many of these covers while traveling around Japan. You can see more on his Flickr account.

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Source: Flickr via Vanilla Cloudberry Tumblr