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


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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.


  1. We love the manhole covers in Japan. We took a lot of pictures of the different varieties!

    • Cool, aren’t they. One could dedicate a website to the various designs. You must have quite a collection!

  2. aaaaaw! i didnt noticed them when i was in japan :-(

  3. I like this crocodile one from Osaka

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