This post is part of a series on artistic manhole covers around Japan.
June is drawing to a close so it’s time to stop harping on irises and get on to other topics. But not before I share this manhole cover:
Sawara is a canal town, located not too far from Itako on the eastern edge of the Tokyo metropolitan region (Ibaraki prefecture to be exact). Like their neighbor, Sawara also offers their own iris festival – and I’m fairly sure the flowers on this cover are supposed to be irises – but the town is actually worth a visit in its own right year round. My favorite activity was taking a ride along the waterways in a small wooden dinghy poled along by a spry septugenarian with a fantastic sense of humor. The banks are lined with weeping willows and old storehouses (kura) dating from the Edo Period (1603-1868).