Because Manhole Covers Can Be Awesome
In America, manhole covers are just manhole covers. In Japan, they're an art form. So much so that Remo Camerota has a blog about them. And a book. And an iPhone app. But it's more than just an art form, really. It's a state of mind. It's a philosophy that declares, "no, I'm not content with just doing what I need to do, I want to elevate it."
Why most countries don't do this is beyond me. Maybe it's a cultural thing. The Japanese are so detail-oriented in every facet of their lives that I suppose it's unsurprising that they'd do this to their manhole covers. In fact, the only stylized manhole covers I've seen in Los Angeles are in, well, Little Tokyo.
But why not, really? They embellish otherwise bleak (not to mention gray) urban landscapes and add some life to monotonous places. Why not do little things better?
Head to Cool Hunting for a gallery of manhole covers
Photos via Cool Hunting
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