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Japan has an entire festival dedicated to beautiful manhole covers

Beauty is all around us, and sometimes, right under us.

In Japan, manhole covers are considered to be canvases for works of art. Each municipality, which number in the thousands across the country, has a unique manhole cover design to represent their local culture and history.

Some of these depict iconic architecture (such as Osaka Castle), food, plants, animals, historical figures, and of course, anime.

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Hello Osaka, nice to see Glico man again! Our tummies were very happy yesterday! Takoyaki, cheesecake, more matcha, and out of nowhere.. Balinese / Indonesian food lol! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‹ . Last day today for #9daysjapanbackpacking adventure with @aki.zap & Iโ€™m feeling more refreshed than ever to go back to my regular life. . Sometimes, we really just need time to retreat from the daily demands of life & give ourselves a treat. I feel like my creativity power bank has been fully recharged & that means a lot. . Now, off to our last prefecture for this trip! โœจ๐Ÿšƒ . . . . . #explorejapan #japanloverme #osaka #japan #visitjapan #traveljapan #japantravel #jptravel #vscojapan #igersjp #instagramjapan #canonjapan #backpacking #travel #japanmanhole #pink #millenialpink #newbalance #pastelpink #pastelnewbalance

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Japan's ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต man hole covers are๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป. Did you know man hole covers could be wonderful works of art as well? If you happen to live in Japan, you probably do. And now so do the rest of us. ใ™ใฐใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใงใ™ใญ ๐Ÿ˜#manholecovers #pitlids #japan #nihon #japaneseart #streetart #streetscape #art #terrafirmaindustries #compositefibreglass #instadaily #instagoods #japanmanholecover #japanmanhole #japanmanholecoverhunting #followus #likeus

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็ใ‚นใƒใƒƒใƒˆ่ชฟๆŸป้šŠ ใ‚ˆใ€ฐใ“ใ€ฐ ใƒžใƒณใƒ›ใƒผใƒซใซใƒใƒžใ‚Šใใ†๐Ÿ˜†ใ€Žๅคงๆดฅ๐Ÿšขใ‚ซใƒฉใƒผใƒžใƒณใƒ›ใƒผใƒซใ€ ๐ŸŒ ๆป‹่ณ€็œŒๅคงๆดฅๅธ‚ๆ˜ฅๆ—ฅ็”บ๏ผ‘โˆ’๏ผ“ #็Ÿณๆฐดๆด‹ๅ…‰ #JapanStrangeSpotHunter #็ใ‚นใƒใƒƒใƒˆ่ชฟๆŸป้šŠ

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In celebration of this unique art form, the Shinjuku Takashiyama department store in Tokyo held the Japanese Manhole Cover Festival from February 1 to 3, featuring an exhibition of various manhole cover designs.

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ใ‚ใ‚ใ€ใƒžใƒณใƒ›ใƒผใƒซใฃใฆใ€ๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๆœ€้ซ˜ใงใ™ใญ #ใƒžใƒณใƒ›ใƒผใƒซ #ใƒžใƒณใƒ›ใƒผใƒซใฎ่“‹ #JapanManhole #manhole #ใƒžใƒณใƒ›ใƒผใƒซใƒ•ใ‚งใ‚น #ๆฑๆ€ฅใƒใƒณใ‚บๆ–ฐๅฎฟๅบ—

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็ใ‚นใƒใƒƒใƒˆ่ชฟๆŸป้šŠ ใ‚ˆใ€ฐใ“ใ€ฐ ใ“ใฎ็”บใฎใ‚ทใƒณใƒœใƒซโœจใ€Ž็”Ÿ้ง’ใƒžใƒณใƒ›ใƒผใƒซ๐ŸšŸใ€ ๐ŸŒ ็”Ÿ้ง’้ง… ๅฅˆ่‰ฏ็œŒ็”Ÿ้ง’ๅธ‚ๅ…ƒ็”บไธ€ไธ็›ฎ1-1 #็ใ‚นใƒใƒƒใƒˆ้šŠ้•ท

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Japan has the best manhole covers. This one is from the neighborhood of Kichijoji-Musashino near Mitaka, my favorite slice of Tokyo, where we stayed over Christmas โ€” also home of the Ghibli Museum. A traditional western Christmas dinner buffet, a visit to Studio Ghibli, and some vintage book/apparel/camera thrifting was a Christmas well spent in Japan. Now for some nature time with Mt. Fuji-San! ๐Ÿ—ป #explorejapan ๐ŸŽŒ #japanmanhole #manholesoftheworld

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Meanwhile, at Tokyu Hands Shinjuku right next door, a satellite exhibition continues to showcase collectibles like pencils, doormats, snacks, books, and tiny versions of manhole covers. These limited edition merch will be on sale until February 24, 2019.

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