The large and medium-sized Numazu Mount Fuji Covers together!
This is a roundup of manhole covers in Numazu City although it does not include the Love Lin! Sunshine!! Manga Covers and places like Heda which were merged into the City. They will appear in future articles!
This is the beautiful color manhole covers they call “Mount Fuji” Cover in Numazu City! hard to find as there is only one to be discovered in the harbor vicinity!
The large sized Mount Fuji cover to be found everywhere in town!
The same, medium-sized!
The brand new one, in balack and white!
An older one with the Numazu City sigil in the middle!
An even older one with the same sigil in the middle!
This type with the same sigil in the middle can be seen in various colors to follow the patterns on the pavement!
Fire Hydrant cover common to many places. You have to check the “logo/sigil”!
This particular search turned into a real adventure! I started with a mistake getting off at Suruga-Oyama Station where I found out that the local Tourism Information had been closed for good for more than a year! I had to take a bus and walk for quite a while to find my target at the Fujinomiya Rest Area!
The circle logo/sigil means it belongs to Oyama Ashigara area!
My target! The only color Oyama manhole cover exhibited inside the information office at the Fujinomiya Rest Area! Great staff there incidentally!
Cute, aren’t they?
Pressurized air valve cover with Oyama Ashigara sigil!
I had found out previously that none of Oyama Ashigara covers could be found around Suruga Oyama Station so I asked the staff where I could find them. They replied theris was the only one to be seen. But I had seen photographs of uncolored ones near a station. So It could be only Ashigara Statio, the one station before!
I ignored the advice and decided to walk all the way to Ahigara Station!
On the way I found this different typeof fire hydrant cover!
The kanji for “water” inside the sigil meant it was a common cver used in many parts of Japan!
After a full hour walk my stubborness was rewrded!
Ashigara (unmanned) Station along the Gootemba Railway Line!
There were not one but half a dozen of them!
I also discovered this old fashioned rectangular fire hydrant cover with the Oyama Ashigara sigil!
Atami City at the entrance of the Izu Peninsula has always been borring of the the fame of the Peninsula, especially stories from the Nbel Prize writer Yoshinori Kawabata, famous for the Izu Odoriko as featured in Atami Yacht harbor by a statue of the famous scene representing a man kicking his lover with his geta/Japanese clog!
Along the pavement opposite on the far side of the street opposite of the city you will find interesting covers!
All right, you will find this tyoe all over Japan! LOL
Now, this the is the one you will be looking for!
But there is another one…
You will have to walk a bit, though, befor you will find it in front (there is only one of its kind!) of the first station of the railway line leading to Ito City!
Beautifui, isn’t it?
You will find them in their mint forms at the Atami Waterwoks Office!
Walking down from the station you will discover this sall sized one found only in a few cities in Japan commerating Natiojnal Land Survey!
I heard tehre have been some additions to manhole covers in Fujieda City and I decided to investigate!
If you get down the south exit of Fujieda JR Station you will notice a new one on your right abot 50 meters away on the pavement!
Here it is !
Fujieda City is arguably the City where the first game of football/soccer was played in Japan, hence the soccer ball!
The gentleman is a famous TV talent and the lady a local TV announcer!
The wisteria (fuji/藤 in Japanese) is the emblem flower of Fujieda City which incidentally means “wisteria branch”!
This manhole cover was obviously sponsored by a TV Company!
Here and there you will find this cover representing both Mount Fuji (“Fuji” is being used as pictorial pun as it both means Mount Fuji and wisteria). This kind i getting a bit old and it has become difficult to distinguish the slight differences in color of the two original ones. the bird featured there is the city emblem bird, the “mejiro/Japanese White-eye!
Now if you go to the beautiful Rengeiji Flower Park you will find a new cover ust before the entrance!
Different materials used!
Of course you willfind the same design without he colors and in two different sizes in many locations!
This is a far older type with the Fujieda City logo in the middle!
Another old one with the same central logo!
And still another one with the same logo but in rectangular shape!
And to finish one with a cute mejiro among flowers!
if you walk or cycle along Showa Street in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, near Ichi Ban Cho you will find a series of old and new fire hydrant and fire cistern manhole covers with an interesting geometric design!
This particular ones is surrounded in yellow to allow fire trucks to easily spot them!
It is actually the cover over an important access to a fire cistern!
We know the design is brand new as it features the new Shizuoka Ciy emblem in its middle!
Going back you will find this still fairly modern design on a fire hydrant cover!
As they erased the central design it is probably a type used in the whole prefecture!
Further down the road you will find an old design!
It is partly painted in yellow for easy spotting at night.
This a type used in the whole prefecture and probably beyond!
Chibi Maruko is the heroine of the Chibi Maruko Chan manga series known all over Japan and far beyond overseas.
It was created by Momoko Sakura, born miki Miura(8 May 1965 – 15 August 2018), a resident of Shimizu Ku (formerly Shimizu City) in Shizuoka City. By sheer coincidence the laying of thetwo new and unique manhol covers had been delayed and were installed just after the sudden death of artist.
The first was laid on Sptember 6th in Shimizu Ku just in front of the west exit of Shimizu JR Station.
Chibi Maruko wears a pink holiday outfit on this one.
The background features Mount Fuji which you can see from Shimizu JR Station by clear weather.
Also in the background are tuna and the sea as Shimizu is a major fishing harbor with the largest tuna haul in Japan!
The other one was laid on September 7th at the entrance of the waking alley behind Cenova Deppartment Store in Aoi Ku!
It represents Chibi Maruko in her primary school uniform and headwear!
The background shows Mount Fuji and the Abe River!
And the tea fields, for which Shizuoka is so famous!
Yaizu City is the most famous Bonito/Katsuo fishing harbor city in Japan!
Japan is increasingly becoming known all over the world for its gastronomy and more recently for its unequaled manhole covers. Shizuoka prefecture is no exception when it comes to either, or even better, to a combination of the two!
Shizuoka Prefecture has a lot to offer when it comes to gastronomy and is certainly above all when it comes to variety, be it vegetables, fruit or meat when it comes to land and a bounty of seafood when it comes to sea!
Yaizu City has no less than three different manhole covers depicting Katsuo/Bonito for the simple reason it is the most important fishing harbor in Japan as far as bonito is concerned!
Hirame/Soles or Flounders in Hamamatsu City!
But when it comes to seafood, Yaizu City is only a portion of it all!
Come to Hamamatsu City for example. They managed to make a pun out of their own manhole covers! In Sakana, an area in downtown Hamamatsu City they have no less than four covers representing fish because “sakana” written with a different kanji/Japanese character means “fish”!
“Tara” or Cod!
Another “Hirame”/sole or Flounder!
Shall we continue with seafood?
Hatsushima Island is one of the few islands administered by Shizuoka Prefecture. It can be easily reached by ferry boat from Atami City.
It is celebrated for its “Iseebi”/Spiny lobster and “Sazae”/Turbo shell!
Izu Inatori fishing harbor in south west Izu Peninsula is celebrated all over Japan for its “Kinmedai”/Splendid Alfonsino!
At the very tip of Izu Peninsula Minami Izu is also proud of its “Iseebi”?Spiny lobsters!
Heda, in North eastern Izu Peninsula, now part of Numazu City, is known for “Takahashigani”/Japanese Giant Crab, the largest crab in the World!
And to conclude with seafoods one must visit Yui, Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City, known all over japan for its “Sakuarebi”/Cherry Shrimps. Actually there two more tiny covers depicting this little gastronomic treasure!
It is about time to switch to land products, and one cannot overlook green tea! Introduced to Shizuoka Prefecture more than 800 years ago, we are still the biggest producer in Japan. Interestingly enough, covers depicting tea are to be found only (that is, for the present!) in Kikugawa City with two different types, one of them representing the “Cha Musume”/Tea leaves handpicking girl/lady!
Shizuoka Prefecture is also renown for its strawberries and one can find them on covers in Nirayama, Izu City, also famous for World Heritage Hansharo and its beautiful views of Mount Fuji!
Hamamatsu City is not only famous for its fish, eels in particular, or oysters, but also for its oranges to be found in Mikkabi!
And we can conclude (that is, for the moment, as there must be others to come in the future, what with the booming tourism!) with a lesser known piece of gastronomy: back to the beginning of the 17th Century when Shogun Tokugawa Ieayasu retired to Sumpu (present Shizuoka City) he discovered “nasu”/egg plants exclusively grown in the Orito area (prensently Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City) and grew so fond of them that he awarded them the appellation of “Orito Nasu”/Orito eggplants. These are still grown there and are a rare vegetable searched by all sorts of renown chefs!
Can you see it at the bottom right of the manhole cover?