I love Japanese manhole covers. They are the perfect example of the Japanese ability to introduce beauty to the most mundane of things. Today I present to you the manhole cover of Tokoname. Located in Aichi prefecture, Tokoname is a small city famous for its ceramics industry. Tokoname has been associated with ceramics production since at least the Heian period and it is one of the ‘Six Old Kilns’ of Japan.
Tokoname is full of interesting textures. Streets and walls are lined with pottery, which gives Tokoname a very original and picturesque look. It is perfect for a day-trip from Toyota City and a great place for a relaxing afternoon stroll.
Can’t wait to visit Tokoname yourself? Tokoname is located at 30 min. from Nagoya, right next to Chubu Centrair International Airport. The Tokoname City website provides directions to Tokoname and information on sightseeing in Tokoname.
i like those ceramic pieces embedded on the surface of the ground.
Yes me too. It is so original!
Really interesting – and I’m glad I’m not the only one that noticed the man hole covers in Japan. There was some really pretty ones with Sakura on in Hiroshima.
I’m finding a lot of foreigners who are crazy about the manhole covers. Myself included of course 🙂
So interesting! Especially since I love pottery. And manhole covers, too! In Japan, that is. My first trip outside Akita-shi was to Kakunodate and my first photo was with a manhole cover. 😀
Japanese manhole covers just seem to beg to be photographed, don’t they?
Awesome!! When I was travelling in Japan last year, my mum stopped at every single drain cover on the street and took photos like she was the drain cover paparazzi. Very beautiful though!!!!
Your mom and I have something in common then 🙂 After a while I really got into it and tried collecting pictures of every kind of manhole cover we came across.
Splendid! We do share a love for manhole covers and street art! Beautiful!
Thank you! There is just so much to see in Japan, don’t you agree?