Manhole Monday: Yame

Well, let’s bring this tea obsession to a close, shall we? I promise you all, I conducted a ridiculously thorough raid on my photo files this weekend to see if I could come up with any other manhole covers. Aside from Tokyo’s less than inspiring sakura design and a few rather hazy ones I took in western Tokyo the other week but can’t quite puzzle out exactly where I was from the kanji, this was my only remaining shot:


Yup, if you’ve been paying attention, that’s the manhole cover from Yame, the city in southern Fukuoka Prefecture that produces a rather large amount of tea. Yame is also known for its handmade paper and some stunning seasonal displays of wisteria and plum blossoms, among other blooms. So why the rather cryptic manhole cover? I can’t decide if it’s a rising/setting sun or the paw of a very large, genetically modified dog. Thoughts?

I’ll be traveling again quite a bit this summer but until then, the Manhole Monday posts might have to take a bit of a hiatus. Thanks, as always, for reading!

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