Tokyo will soon host a festival that celebrates the country’s eclectic manhole covers

Japan is truly a nation of wonders. From iconic bullet trains to vending machines for every purpose, the country does not fail to amaze those with a keen eye. And in taking its eccentricity to another high, the country’s capital city will soon host a festival that aims to display an unheard art form – that of unique Japanese manhole covers.

For those less aware, Japan’s manhole covers often display eccentric designs that speak volumes of the country’s culture and history. The unusual trend was started in the 1960s when a public relations approach wanted to get more people aware of the new post-war sewer systems. And in honoring and keeping alive this very tradition, the Manhole Festival will be held in Shinjuku Takashimaya department store in Tokyo to exhibit various manhole covers from around the nation.

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Alongside, the Tokyo Hands Shinjuku will also offer complimenting manhole art inspired collectibles to those interested. These will include pencils, stickers, books, as well as small versions of selected manhole covers. Visitors will also be treated to delights such as macaroons, cookies, and other sweets- all designed to ape the eclectic art form of manhole covers! The exhibition will take place from February 1 to February 3, 2019, with the collectibles’ sale extending until February 24. If you’re in the mood for extending some love to a unique new art form, you know where to head!

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