Manhole Monday: Kochi

I'm currently in Kochi Prefecture for a few days, a place I visited several years ago but not to any great extent. On that visit, we of course enjoyed an obligatory castle stop - Kochi-jo is one of the twelve original castles remaining in Japan - and ate some excellent tataki (seared bonito). Aside from... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Kakunodate

One of the last stops on my trip to Tohoku this past summer was in the old samurai town of Kakunodate in central Akita prefecture. Both the friends I was traveling with and numerous travel sources had touted this town as having one of the most beautifully preserved Edo-era neighborhoods, and I must admit, I... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Takeo Onsen

Last week, I was lucky enough to be hosted by the Saga Prefectural Government for a three-day tour of the prefecture just northwest of Kumamoto. Charged to write an advertorial for them for The Japan Times, I was chauffered around to at least two dozen locations in Saga. And let me just say - I... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Hongu

Ohhhhh, winter. I am really looking forward to the snow you've been dumping on the surrounding prefectures but at the moment, your frigid temperatures are unwelcome. At least it will make this girl from the northeastern US feel right at home come Christmas morning. I've never been one to do the Christmas holiday in hot... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Ginowan

This post is part of a series on artistic manhole covers around Japan. Right before I left Okinawa last month, I was lucky enough to stay in one of the island's swank resorts while waiting for our flight out. This manhole cover was right outside our hotel's front door: Its design is simple, but to... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Uruma

This post is part of a series on artistic manhole covers around Japan. It's a time of great change in my household this week. After three years of subtropical living in Okinawa, Japan's southermost prefecture, the movers are coming to pack up the house and spirit away our life to Kumamoto, in Kyushu. The city where... Continue Reading →

Manhole Monday: Obuse

This post is part of a series on artistic manhole covers around Japan. This is the manhole cover that started it all. For me, at least. I don't really know which municipality in Japan actually had the first designed manhole cover, but this was the first time I ever really noticed the art beneath my... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑