Photo S. Morita with the most vivid and beautiful hatches in Japan
The fact that the manhole covers in Japan attract highly artistic awesome beauty. Municipalities compete decorating Japanese hatches bright and beautiful patterns, each more beautiful than the previous follow-up. Images of nature animate urban landscapes.
This practice allegedly dates back to 1985, when officials of the Ministry of Construction allowed municipalities to decorate Japanese manhole covers to attract the attention of people to expensive sewerage projects.
Since then, Japan's street art cover small unexpected surprises. It is a real street art.