festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers
 

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers

japan, a country with a unique history and culture, beautiful landscapes, great architecture, bullet trains, neon signs, vending machines and fascinating toilets… they even say that it’s the place where you can find absolutely anything you want. and while your head wonders around this incredible island, make sure you look down because you might find a work of art. whether they’re in plain metal or boasting bright colors, japanese manhole covers are so unique that they now have a festival that celebrates them.

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers designboom
all images are screenshots of the video below by ONLY in japan

 

 

trending high, the japanese manhole cover festival will take place in tokyo from the first to the third of february, 2019. at it, visitors will have a firsthand experience on everything from actual manhole covers to manhole cover goods like collector cards, doormats, miniatures and even cookies and snacks. related items of all kinds will be on sale, delivering a piece of urban art from every corner of japan.

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers designboom

 

 

but where does this tradition originate from? the story dates back to the 1960s, when a public relations approach wanted to get more people aware of the new post-war sewer systems. the first artistic design appeared in 1977 while the original locally produced designs took off in the 1980s. each manhole cover features numbers that tell the location and the year it was installed. today, over 95% of the 1,780 municipalities in japan have manhole cover designs.

 

see the video below by ONLY in japan and follow john daub on a factory tour of nagashima kimono casting factory where japanese manhole covers are made.

 

 

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers designboom

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers designboom

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers designboom

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers designboom

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers designboom

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers designboom

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers designboom

festival in tokyo celebrates japanese manhole covers designboom

  • Man up

    Archie Ferguson says:
  • It is nice to read about this festiwal… because a few years ago I started my own project that I called #projektkanał what means in Polish #canalproject. I wanted to celebrate the variety of design and its beauty in small, common things that mostly don’t take people attention. Ewerywhere I go I take the pictures of manhole covers. Funny was to read that ” the first artistic design appeared in 1977″ because it is my birth year 😉

    Aga says:

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