Japan is a country full of art. Much of this is housed in museums and galleries, but others are right under our feet. We speak, of Japan’s peculiar obsession with manhole covers. Almost anywhere in the country you can find manhole covers with spectacular grounds, each more beautiful and complex than the previous. In recent years, S. Morita photographer has traveled around Japan and leave us this great gathering on the beautiful and artistic Japanese manhole covers.
As to why this peculiar phenomenon of designing these caps, things points to a senior bureaucrat in the Ministry of Construction in 1985, came up with the idea of allowing municipalities to design their own manhole covers. Its aim was to introduce costly sewer projects and make them more palatable to the taxpayer.