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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 56: Sagara Cho! Old and new!

Sagara Cho is located in the south part of Makinohara City.
This is a bit confusing for newcomers as only recently Haibara Gun has been renamed Makinohara City while two districts, namely Yoshida Cho (Town) and Sagara Cho (Town) have still kept their names and some autonomy as Makinohara City has a Town Hall in both districts!

Talking of Sagara Town Hall, the staff and civil servants there not only are super friendly bu also proud of their culture and history! It is not big but even though they can provide you with pamphlets in three foreign languages!

Actually if you visit the Tourism Bureau inside the Town Hall the staff there will donate you a metal badge of their newest manhole cover if you can show them a photo of it!

There is actually only one sample of this new manhole cover i town. It is located along the main shopping street right from the bus stop, Sagara Eigyoujyou, the last stop of the Shizutetsu Highway Bus leaving from Shizuoka Cenova Store or Shizuoka Station (about two every hour, 80 minute-trip! Count 1,250 yen)!

You can’t miss it!

It commemorates the 300th Anniversary of the Death of Tanuma Okitsugu, the last Daimyo of the Sagara Domain.
Check his life and achievements on Wikipedia!

At the same time and in the same street you can discover real antiques!
This fire hydrant was installed in 1991!
I heard it is kept for the sake of culture but it is actually functioning!

Since it would not be easy to find for fire trucks especially at night the City had the word “水?Water” painted on the road!

An older common type fire hydrant cover but with the sigil of Sagara Cho!

Another one found everywhere with only “水/Water” sigil!

A large sewer manhole cover with the Shizuoka Prefecture map sigil!

A small valve cover with the Sagara Cho sigil!

Another one with the same sigil!

Time to say good by and take the bus back to Shizuoka City!

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 55: Makinohara City!

Beautiful fire hydrant manhole cover but does not bear any distinctive sigil!

Makinohara City in the southern center part of Shizuoka Prefecture, in spite of its full city status acquired on October 11th, is what you may call a manhole cover desert. The city was created by merging the northern and western part of Haibara Gun/Distric (the southeastern part becoming Yoshida Cho/Town) and Sagara Village. Its main resources are green tea, some fishing and a Suzuki car components factory.
I suppose that in some near future that the City will come up with its own distinctive manhole cover!

This large fire hydrant cover is the only truly Makinohara City cover! It is a common design but with the name of the city on it!

This is a cover found everywhere with the central sigil with the Japanese caharacter for “water”!

水/water!

The same with the old Haibara District sigil!

は/hiragana for “ha” of Haibara District!

A well preserved cover but with the old Haibara District sigil!

An even older Haibara District cover!

Similar one but reinforced by an outer rim!

A small valve cover from my old files!

Looking forward to the new Makinohara City manhole cover!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 54: Yoshida Cho (formerly part of Haibara Gun)!

Talking of Yoshida Cho in Shizuoka Prefecture still confuses a lot people here because its former name, Haibara Gun, was changed to the new modern appellation only recently. To make things more difficult there are  more than a half dozen districts/towns of the same name in other Prefectures!
This is probably the main reason that Yoshida Town decided to devise their own manhole cover to advertise/promote their region!
It can be found in front of Yoshida Town Hall bus stop across the street!

A certainly more modern approach to design!

The Town is more known for another color cover installed quite some time ago near the seaside, quite a way far from the Town Hall!

It uncolored version inside a bigger cover!

The uncolored version on its own!

One can find in the same Town all kinds of “ancient” and more recent covers, particular to this area or regularly found all over Japan like this fire hydrant cover!

I found this one in my files but couldn’t locate it during my last trip!

A type found in many places but with a Yoshida Town central sigil!

This sigil was created when Haibara Gun was renamed Yshida Town!

You do have to keep an eye on that central sigil as you might in for some surprises!

Yoshida Cho vigil!

How about this one then?

Shimada City sigil! Apparently they ran short and had to “borrow” this one from neighboring Shimada City!

One can find various valve covers!

Another one with a different rating!

Central Yoshida Cho vigil for this one found everywhere in the country!

A small semi private one with the same design as the classic one!

I found this one in my old files but it might have disappeared!
Oi river water access! It might be found all along the river!

A private one found in my old files privately owned by the Yoshida Flower Park!

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 53: Love Line! Sunshine!! Manga Covers in Numazu City! (Complete!)ture

Love Line! Sunshine! manga on buses in Numazu City!

The nationally and internationally popular Love Line! Sunshine! happens to take place in Numazu City as it is a harbour city in Shizuoka Prefecture,Japan!
The city has naturally made it its emblem and the number of Japanese and foreign visitors for the sole purpose of visiting and acquiring memorabilia is ever increasing!

Love Line! Sunshine! Manga on bus stop billboard!

Some time ago the city through crowd funding decided to create color manhole covers depicting the nine heroines of the Manga series.
But not is all rosy under the sky even in Japan. A disgruntled or jealous, but definitely deranged, student decided to destroy all the covers by painting them with highly corrosive liquid. The bad news were of course aired all over the world. The city first took all the covers away to be replaced with plain ones at first.

Love Line! Sunshine! Manga on rental bicycles!

After some reflection the city, through crowd funding again, decided to create new manhole covers with the manga theme. But this time only three characters, the whole group and a Japanese language name graphics were made in colors. These colored covers are unique whereas the black ones are most unique with some exceptions. No need to say that they are protected by the citizens and hidden cameras!

Here is the full collection, which I must admit took some doing at times! LOL

For reference here is photo of the nine original covers!

The whole group facing the sea in color.

The same in black, which cannot be seen on pavements but is sometimes exhibited at local events!

Its mint character makes it a bit difficult to discern the details!

The colored “Harbour Girl” Japanese character cover!

The black version!
Now, this is one is a bit tough to find as it is unique!
First you must either go by car or take a 40-mimute bus trip. Board the bus going to “Enashi/江梨” from the number 8 bus stop in front of Numazu station. Get down at “Nagahama Shiro Ato/長浜城跡). Luckily enough the cover is just a few steps away!

Chika cover, exists only in black!

Harumaru cover, colored!

Harumaru cover, in black!

Dia cover, exists only in black.
Another tough one to discover as it is unique and located among pine trees inside “Senbon Hama Park/千本浜公園”. You need some  luck there!

Kanan cover, exists only in black!

Mari cover, exists only in black!

Riko cover, exists only in black!

Ruby cover, colored version!

Ruby cover, black version!

Yoshiko cover, colored version!

Yoshiko cover, black version!

Good hunting and don’t forget to start very early as it will take you at least a full day with good preparations. Moreover you had better do it all on foot except for the 40-minute bus trip!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 52: Numazu City (except Love Line! Sunshine!! Manga Covers)

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 black and white!

An older one with the Numazu City sigil in the middle!

An even older one with the same sigil in the middle! It is also diagonally divided!

The same, round and undivided!

This type with the same sigil in the middle can be seen in various colors to follow the patterns on the pavement!

A municipal electricity manhole cover!

Not a manhole cover, but a brand new pavement plaque!

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 51: Oyama Ashigara!

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!

Never give up! LOL

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 8 bis: New Covers in Atami City!

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!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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