Monday, July 27

"Manhole covers that feature works of art in Japan"


"Manhole covers that feature works of art in Japan"


Manhole covers in Japan are proof that art can be anywhere. An artistic representation of Japanese icons and images in one of the most unusual places.


Japan, known to be a country of a people disciplined, original, cutting-edge technology and for your patience and care for the smallest detail, decided to give an artistic treatment to manhole covers. It all started in the 1960, in which a senior official of the Ministry of Construction called Yasutake Kameda is initiating the movement. At the time, about 60% of the houses in Japan were connected to the municipal sewer system. some inland cities have shown a great deal of resistance to new technology. For the public to accept this expensive and depreciated public service, Kameda became more beautiful the only part that the audience sees every day, working on decorating the drains with designs chosen by their own communities. According to The Japan Times, "artistic" covers cost about 5 percent more than the normal, but every village and city began to produce them with local themes-depicting typical situations of folklore – and the result was a success. Currently 95% of 1.780 japanese municipalities have caps of wells with own designs.. Today, 95 percent of cities in Japan boast their own designs, ranging from images of local flora and fauna and historical landmarks, until local festivals illustrations and children's stories..


Many manhole covers are covered with classic Japanese themes, such as: castles, cherry blossoms, Samurai, Japanese architecture and landscapes. In addition to the flora and fauna in amazing images that will literally make you see the art differently.

There are many versions of how started this art in manholes in Japan

The Japan is a country full of culture and art, everyone knows it. Even under our feet we can find some six thousand different covers to be exact. With colored versions or just with the color characteristic of the metal used. It's amazing that the Japanese people have for their community and the environment where they live.


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