Ahh Himeji. There’s not much to this town aside from a BEAUTIFUL castle. (And an equally stunning little garden next to said castle … I bet not many of you knew that but it is definitely worth seeing.) So I was more than a little surprised to see … birds … on their manhole cover.
And then I went home and looked it up. As it turns out, the birds that grace Himeji’s street covers are white herons … which also happens to be the same moniker that Himeji Castle goes by due to its snowy exterior. So in the end, Himeji’s city council was pretty clever in their street design.