The Art of Manhole Covers in Japan

japanese manhole covers e1345162319467 560x247The Japanese are famous for their creativity in almost anything. Even something as dull as manhole covers can catch your attention in Japan. The art of manhole covers has now reached the point of a national obsession in Japan with numerous municipal departments competing against each other in the pursuit of the perfect manhole cover. Here is a selection of the ornate, the artistic and the slightly bizarre.