‘Drainspotting’ in Japan: The manhole form of art

*Drainspotting: Manhole covers and Japan’s urban art on the ground 


Japanese manhole covers, which come in a variety of designs depending on its location, use and manufacturer style, have caught the imagination of a growing number of “drainspotters” who come to Japan from all around the world. Moreover, this form of art has started to grow as a new kind of tourism, that has been called: drainspotting. Apparently, travellers attempt to see as many of Tokyo’s different manhole cover designs as possible (there are over 500,000 physical manholes just in Tokyo.) Continue reading “‘Drainspotting’ in Japan: The manhole form of art”

The Weekly Ukiyo-e (8. 3. 2016)


Hasui Kawase, (May 18, 1883 – November 7, 1957) was a Japanese painter of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and one of the chief printmakers in the shin-hanga (new prints) movement. Kawase studied ukiyo-e and Japanese style painting at the studio of Kiyokata Kaburagi. His favourite topics included actors, everyday-life and landscapes, topics that were prominent during the last few years of the Meiji period. (Did you like it? Visit more of his work here)