The artistic manhole covers first appeared in Japan during the 1950s, when some Japanese cities began installing manhole covers with specially made designs. In time this became a trend, and many Japanese cities are now decorated with carefully painted manhole covers.
As I wrote before, the drawings are not only artistic but also advertise some of the local attractions, being a sort of advertising banners displayed in the pavement…
In today’s photo you can see a manhole cover in Fukuyama, representing a rose, the flower symbol of the city. Actually, Fukuyama hosts every year in May a large festival dedicated to roses…
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: