The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

By Bryan Lufkin on at

Manhole covers don’t have to be ugly and utilitarian. In Japan, they can be astoundingly intricate, colourful, museum-worthy feats of urban design.

Photographer S. Morita (Flickr name MRSY) has snapped over a thousand manhole covers around Japan over the years. In a country renowned for its attention to detail and rich artistic heritage, it’s pretty inspiring to take a bland city staple, that people literally walk all over, and morph it into eye candy.

Head over to Morita’s Flickr page for hundreds of more photos of these pavement-topping beauties. JapanVisitor.com has a whole load, too, and there’s even a coffee table book.

Sometimes the coolest stuff is just under our noses...and our feet.

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful

The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful


Contact the author at bryan@gizmodo.com.

All images courtesy S. Morita, and used with permission.