Manhole Monday

Manhole Monday: Numazu

Alright, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but as I comb through the stacks of photo files, I realize that I came to the manhole game a bit too late. All of those towns and cities that I visited when I lived in Tokyo … yeah, I often forgot to look down. In fact, I don’t think I even realized Japan had decorated covers until halfway through my year in the capital. Now, my list is growing again but most of the covers are Kyushu-based. So am I, to be perfectly frank, but I like to have a well-rounded selection. 🙂

Anyway, this week’s cover comes out of the archives from a trip I took to the Izu Peninsula. My husband and I were heading back home to Tokyo in our zippy little rental car when I made him pull suddenly to the side of the road so I could jump out and shoot this:

numazu

Thankfully, the cover clued me in to the name of the town (Numazu) but we didn’t need the design to remind of us the region’s big attraction. We’d been playing peek-a-boo with Mt Fuji that entire morning’s ride, catching tantalizing glimpses of it from the hill of a plum grove and watching the clouds zoom over the mountain’s crest in their own weather pattern so different from the plains below.

Numazu is often seen as just a gateway city to the Izu Peninsula but there are plenty of hot springs in the vicinity and a beautiful shoreline as well. If you find yourself stuck here for any reason, make sure to have a cup of tea – Shizuoka perfecture is one of the nation’s top tea-producing areas.

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