DRAINSPOTTING. Japanese Manhole Covers
The Japanese embrace high design in all aspects of life, including manhole covers! Today, nearly 95% of the 1,780 municipalities in Japan sport their very own customized manhole covers. The imagery evokes a region’s cultural identity, from flora and fauna to landmarks and local festivals.
This city-sanctioned urban art has inspired manhole cover enthusiasts to travel across Japan in search of these unique designs. With numerous colorful photographs organized by region, is the first book to document this distinctive aspect of contemporary Japanese visual culture.