Monday, March 19, 2012

New Hiroshima Draincovers


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When I first visited Hiroshima City I could not find any manhole covers with interesting designs, but in the past year or so 2 new ones have appeared. This first one shows senbazuru, " a thousand origami cranes".

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Origami cranes are not unique to Hiroshima, they are a traditional item, but Hiroshima is associated with them especially outside of japan because of the story of  Sadako Sasaki. Aged 2 when the bomb exploded over Hiroshima she later contracted leukemia and set about making 1,000 cranes before she died. people from all over the world now send senbazuru to Hiroshima.

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The second design features the local baseball team the Hiroshima Carp, possibly related to the construction of a new stadium. I have zero interest in baseball so have no idea if the team is any good.

5 comments:

  1. The team is not that great, sadly. :/

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  2. stunning colours.... it takes an artist to show that manhole covers can be so beautiful...

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  3. Love the Hiroshima manhole covers and the Hiroshima Carp one is really cool :)

    Japan Australia

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  4. Well, I guess that leaves Kyoto as the last city without interesting designs....

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  5. I saw the origami manhole cover in August 2010 in Hiroshima. It looks great! Unfortunately I didn't take photos from the other ones.

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