Japan’s beautiful manhole cover art came into being in 1985 when a high ranking minister in construction proposed a plan for municipalities to design their own manhole covers. His plan was to raise awareness for costly sewage projects and make them more appealing for the taxpayers.
Through some design contests, towns and cities competed with each other into coming up with the best covers in the country. Today there are over 6000 artistic covers spread all across Japan. It is no wonder then that some people have taken upon themselves to find and share them with the world.