Published on January 29th, 2012 | by Duncan Riley0
Amazing Japanese Manhole Covers
Japan used regular manhole covers until the 1980s, when communities outside of major cities that were scheduled to receive new sewer systems resisted the move.
One public servant came up with a clever way to sell the idea: aesthetically pleasing customized manhole covers.
The idea spread through out the country, and although custom manhole covers cost more than generic ones, 95% of Japanese municipalities now use specially designed manhole covers.