Japan's visual history is one of unparalleled beauty and design, which today inspires a stunning and surprising array of subcultures, ranging from matchbook art, bento boxes, graffiti, colorful manhole covers and 3D mascots.
"Drainspotting" showcases vibrant photographs of Japan's city-sanctioned manhole covers, or "manhoru." Today, nearly 95% of the 1,780 municipalities in Japan sport their very own customized manhole covers, with imagery that evokes each region's cultural identity, from flora and fauna to landmarks and local festivals.
As a testament to the Japanese aesthetic sensibility in all aspects of life, these pieces of urban art are colorful, intricately designed, and unique to their locale - from Kanto to Chubu to Disneyland Japan.
"This innovative method of brightening up a locality and cheering up its citizens proves how public art can impact everyday life, no matter what form it takes," says author Remo Camerota. "And the humble manhole cover is no exception."© Japan Today