Published on January 29th, 2012 | by Duncan Riley


Amazing Japanese Manhole Covers

Japan is well known for being out there when it comes to art and entertainment, but did you know that they even go as far as decorating their 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.




About the Author

Editor & Publisher Duncan Riley started blogging in 2003 after a career of management and Government service. In 2003 he started the Blog Herald, the first blog to cover the then new industry of blogging. In 2005 he was one of the three founders of b5media After a 12 month stint at TechCrunch, writing as the No.2 to Michael Arrington, Duncan left to found The Inquisitr and now runs both Medacity and fortytwotimes. Follow on Twitter at: duncanriley

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