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Manhole Covers: Japanese and Australian Translations

In Japan, they have manhole covers as street art. This one was photographed one evening on the way to dinner at Amataro, when our Tokyo friends pointed down to our feet and yelled out, “Manhoru no Futa!” (manhole cover)

We learnt that they come in a variety of designs and colours, depicting localities, utility type and manufacturers. The colour is surprisingly not from paint but a tree resin that gets poured into the grooves that makes up the cover.

Manhole Cover Tokyo Japan

Tokyo manhole cover

In Australia, at least in Sydney, we don’t have such colourful and intricate street art. Instead, we improvise. This one was photographed at the beachside suburb of Coogee on a rainy day when I pointed to the ground and yelled out, “Superman!”

One can’t help but admire the person behind the art and the use of all three primary colours.

Manhole Cover at Coogee Australia

Coogee Beach (Australia) manhole cover

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.