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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 7

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My friend Atsuko Kurata discovered this old manhole cover in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
“出雲式” or (“Bursting Cloud Systme”) was apparently developed by a single company called Miyoshi Shokai.

I already know of many blogging friends in Japan taking pictures of manhole covers all over this country.
The reason is simple enough: as there is little chance of them being stolen (I can’t say the same thing back in our countries!) the local/municipal government often use them as touristic advertisements !

I keep on looking for them during my many travels through the Prefecture.
And this time again I was lucky to enjoy some great help from a new friend working for the Shizuoka City Touristic Information, namely Atsuko Kurata!
Like me she is chasing all kinds of cultural artifacts, especially the unusual ones!
I’m pretty sure that we should be able to come with a “Ten Best” very soon, at least for the year 2013!

Actually I have found some interesting sources of defunct and live Japanese blogs which should direct me to dozens more soon in the whole Prefecture!
Some are real works of art!
Keep tight!

Until then the present post will be slightly “technical”!

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Atsuko found the above and the two below in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
They seem different but they are actually the same type!

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They seem to point in different in different directions.

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They seem to do so, but in fact the outer rim is fixed whereas the cover is movable!

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I found this in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City.
I wonder what a “gas bulb” stands for?

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Another very large rectangular manhole cover in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I found this one in front of the Shizuoka Main Police Station in Aoi Ku.
It was produced by Kaneso Foundry Co.
It seems that the police have their very own manhole covers as the character “警” of “警察” meaning “police” tends to indicate!

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Another,almost rare, old type in Aoi ku, Shizuoka City!

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It was made by yet another foundry called Daidore Co Ltd.

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A very large one for Chubu Denryoku Electric Company in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Not all the manhole covers of Chubu Denryoku/中部電力” are marked such!

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A smaller one with an indicator in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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This is a reminder of a type found in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City which comes in different color or with none, and can be subdivided into groups, one station “shi no hana aoi/市の花葵”/”Shizuoka Flower: Hollyhock” or with a “T” foolwed by a number!

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No color and “T-14”!

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No color and “T-25”!

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A medium-sized one for a fire hydrant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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We see more and more of these large ones blending into the surrounding decor in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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The same type as above blending into the surroundings but for NTT/National Telephone & Telegraph Co.in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I don’t have a clue what ” Gas P” stands for!

Some beauties coming next!

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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!
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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 6

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Courtesy of Atsuko Kurata!
Shizuoka Fire Department Water tank Access!
She found this very unusually patterned manhole cover in her neighborhood near Kusanagai JR Station in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

I already know of many blogging friends in Japan taking pictures of manhole covers all over this country.
The reason is simple enough: as there is little chance of them being stolen (I can’t say the same thing back in our countries!) the local/municipal government often use them as touristic advertisements !

I keep on looking for them during my many travels through the Prefecture.
And this time again I was lucky to enjoy some great help from a new friend working for the Shizuoka City Touristic Information, namely Atsuko Kurata!
Like me she is chasing all kinds of cultural artifacts, especially the unusual ones!
I’m pretty sure that we should be able to come with a “Ten Best” very soon, at least for the year 2013!

The next 4 picture all taken by Atsuko Kurata show the variations on a beautiful design!

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The manhole cover above and the next three below were ordered by the Municipal Government of Shizuoka Prefecture. “道路・維持” could be loosely translated as “Road Development”.
The above was discovered at the gate of Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, at the foot of mountain, in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

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The above was discovered in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City, at the Ishida crossroad, right in front of the APITA shopping mall!

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The above was discovered in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, at the front entrance of the Shizuoka Prefectural Government Office!

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Manhole covers are sometimes designed to blend with their surroundings, but this one was “blinded” by a relief marker to help blind people walk along pavements!

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Atsuko Kurata discovered this extraordinary double manhole cover near Manseicho crossroads in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City one her way to Satsuki Street from S-Pulse Dream Plaza.
It is made of two known manhole covers to allow for two different sizes of access!

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I found this one and the ones below near the National Sports Training Center in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
The one above is the smaller size manhole cover by Kojima Foundry Co. for ”汚水” or waste waters.

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This large one is of an old design for electric cables with an interesting notice!

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Can bear up to 5,000 kg! Wow

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The same type (also seen at Kikugawa JR Station!) but for “雨水” or rain waters but a different notice at the bottom allowing for maker’s identification!

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Kojima Seisakusho Co/Kojima Foundry!

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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!
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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 5

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Courtesy of Atsuko Kurata!
She found this brightly colored manhole in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, outside Shimizu JR Station West Exit near bus stand No 3!

I already know of many blogging friends in Japan taking pictures of manhole covers all over this country.
The reason is simple enough: as there is little chance of them being stolen (I can’t say the same thing back in our countries!) the local/municipal government often use them as touristic advertisements !

I keep on looking for them during my many travels through the Prefecture.
And this time I was lucky to enjoy some great help from a new friend working for the Shizuoka City Touristic Information, namely Atsuko Kurata!
Like me she is chasing all kinds of cultural artifacts, especially the unusual ones!

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Atsuko Kurata discovered this beautiflly patterned one along the promenade to the Prefectural Museum from Kenritsu BijutsuKan Shizutetsu Railway Line Station!

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Atsuko Kurata discovered this unusually double square cover placed by the Chubu Denryoku Electrical Company along Sengen Shrine Street in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku!

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Atsuko Kurata discovered the one above and the next one along Miho no Tsubara Beach!
The one above states “河川”, “Kasen/River”!

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The second one states “雨水”, “amamizu/rainwater”!

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I found a series of this very old type along one single street in neighborhood in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, and they are definitely municipal sewers manhole covers as stated by “市”/”City”! I doubt they exist elsewhere as their weight would cost much!

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I discovered the above near a primary school in my neighborhood in Aoi Ku, Shziuoka City!
“流量軽計室” means “running water flow measuring machine”!

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The above is the largest one I have found so far. It must lay above a a real manhole as it is wide enough for a strong man. It is a Prefectural one, probably over underground cables!

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Atsuko Kurata discovered this very large one, most probably over a hole leading to underground cables in front of Shimizu JR Station West exit in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

It must be a pretty old one as it is marked “清水市”/Shimizu City, that is before it was merged to Shizuoka City!

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There are similar manhole covers in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, but in different colors.
This one is a bit excepyiona as this the first one of this type also mentioning “市の花”/”City Flower” as the Hollyhock/Aoi/葵 is the official flower of Shizuoka City!

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A different color from others of the same type witten witten “T-14” instead of “市の花”, but the colors might have changed due to the natural elements, unless it is a lot older!

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-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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 4

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Fire Department water hydrant manhole cover in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

I already know of many blogging friends in Japan taking pictures of manhole covers all over this country.
The reason is simple enough: as there is little chance of them being stolen (I can’t say the same thing back in our countries!) the local/municipal government often use them as touristic advertisements !

I keep on looking for them during my many travels through the Prefecture.
I must admit this time I have become a bit “technical” but I supposed it is needed!

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Another municipal (probably electricity) manhole cover blended wit its pavement surroundings!

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i discovered this slightly surprising one in Kikugawa City belonging to the big private National Electric Company!
It states that it can bear up to 250 kg from human pedestrians!
I’ll have to call a sumo wrestler to check that!

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I found this one bearing another foundry name inside Kikugawa JR Station!

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Kojima Seisakusho Co!

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A new pattern found in Okitsu, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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An old surviving pattern and shape used when Shimizu Ku was still Shimizu City!

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Another foundry Company found in Okitsu, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Kaneso Company!

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A different and ancient pattern I discovered near my home in Aoi ku, Shiuoka City!

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I also found this one near my g\home with still another company name!
It seems there is a lot of competition for making them!

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Osaka Drainage Industries Co. Ltd!
Now that comes from far away!

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Interesting seal!

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These day new manhole covers tend to become more inconspicuous as the city have them blended into the pavements patterns such as this one above and the three following I found lining up along renovated Komagata Street in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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“Double-door” manhole cover from Chubu Electrics Company!

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NTT/National Telephone & Telegraph cables!

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Another one from Chubu Electrics Company!

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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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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 3

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Manhole covers do not have to be round but can come as squre, rectangular and even “double-doored! as this one above!

I already know of many blogging friends in Japan taking pictures of manhole covers all over this country.
The reason is simple enough: as there is little chance of them being stolen (I can’t say the same thing back in our countries!) the local/municipal government often use them as touristic advertisements !

I continued looking around Aoi Ku and Shimizu Ku in Shizuoka City and in other cities.
As I’m sure there are quite a few around there should quite a few more articles about the subject in the offing!
I might even close this series with another “Ten Best”!

This time I concentrated in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, which allowed me to go a bit more technical all about it!

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Another large rectangular manhole belonging to NTT/Nihon Telephone & Telegraph Company!

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The log/arms/”mon” in the middle of this water duct/outlet manhole cover is actually the real seal of a Japanese family!

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Haisui/排水 means “drainage”. In that case, access to ducts and pipes taking care of excess or rain water!

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A large circular manhole owned by the Chubu Denryoku/Shizuoka Central Electric Power Company with their logo in the middle!

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The same company has a few rectangular ones with the same pattern and material as surrounding pavement tiles!

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I’ve finally found the name of one Company fabricating these heavy wrought iron manholes!

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Hasegawa Foundry Company!

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Access to the Municipal heavy water equipment!

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Another Haisui/排水/”drainage manhole cover blending into the surrounding pavement!

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Osui/汚水 means “dirty/soiled/sewer waters”!

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A manhole cover over a air-pressurized water outlet

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-Sake: 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
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Manholes in Shizuoka Prefecture 2

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Taken in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, the home of Shimizu S Pulse pro Soccer Team!

I already know of many blogging friends in Japan taking pictures of manhole covers all over this country.
The reason is simple enough: as there is little chance of them being stolen (I can’t say the same thing back in our countries!) the local/municipal government often use them as touristic advertisements !

I continued looking around Aoi Ku and Shimizu Ku in Shizuoka City and in other cities.
As I’m sure there are quite a few around there should quite a few more articles about the subject in the offing!
I might even close this series with another “Ten Best”!

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I found this one in Numazu City representing its harbor and Mount Fuji!

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I found this manhole cover in Kikugawa City over a pressured air duct!

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I found this one In Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City over a water hydrant reserved to local firemen!

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This design exists in different colors in Aoi Ku, Shziuoka City!

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The same as above, but without the enameled colors!

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This one in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, both exists with and without colors!

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Soccer in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, over a fire hydrant!

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This one over a gas duct of the notorious Shizuoka Gas Co. in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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No colors but an intricate flower pattern in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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An older intricate motif in Shizmizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Soccer again on this tiny water duct manhole cover in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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An old one in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, unless the near sea sat winds accelerated its rusting!
It still makes for a beautiful color!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: 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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Manholes in Shizuoka Prefecture 1

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A manhole cover over the access to a subterranean fire hydrant!
The design advertises the fact that Shizuoka City , Sumpu at the times, was the city chosen by the greatest Japanese Shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, when he chose to retire from politics!
With Mount Fuji and the Abe River!

I already know of many blogging friends in Japan taking pictures of manhole covers all over Japan.
The reason is simple enough: as there is little chance of them being stolen (I can’t say the same thing back in our countries!) the local/municipal government often use them as touristic advertisements !

I decided to start looking around when I found quite a few in Shimada City during the Shimada Obi Festival.
As I’m sure there are quite a few there should quite a few more articles about the subject in the offing!
I might even close this series with another “Ten Best”!

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Stylized Tea leaf on a manhole cover in Kikugawa City!

In Japan manhole covers are not only found above accesses to sewers but also to electric cables, phone cables, gas conduits and water accesses.
There not always round but also square, rectangular and square.
You might add the many small ones used for access to electric or phone cables, too!

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Kikugawa City is very famous for its green tea.
The design above is that of a young lady picking the new leaves by hand and wearing traditional Japanese farmer clothes!

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The design of this manhole was inspired by an old ukiyoe/woodblock print depicting the crossing of Oi River at Hourai in Shimada City!

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Shimada Obi Festival on a manhole cover!

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The crossing of the Oi river at Hourai In Shimada City with Mount Fuji in the background.
The bridge crossing the river there is the longest wooden bridge in the whole world!

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A Sabre Dancer at the Shimada Obi Festival!

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A symetrical design for a manhole used by the notorious Shizuoka Gas Company!
If you to know why I said “notorious” I can explain in a separate article!

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An enameled manhole cover in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City. Probably that of an electric company!

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A very small manhole cover to access to another fire hydrant in Shizuoka City!

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A rectangular manhole in Shizuoka City over the access to another fire hydrant.
The design represents Mount Fuji, tea fields, the Abe River and the Toro Ruins!

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Shop with Intent by Debbie
BULA KANA in Fiji
Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pierre.Cuisine, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: 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

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City