Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 7

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka CitySHIMIZU-H-14

My friend Atsuko Kurata discovered this old manhole cover in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
“出雲式” or (“Bursting Cloud Systme”) was apparently developed by a single company called Miyoshi Shokai.

I already know of many blogging friends in Japan taking pictures of manhole covers all over this country.
The reason is simple enough: as there is little chance of them being stolen (I can’t say the same thing back in our countries!) the local/municipal government often use them as touristic advertisements !

I keep on looking for them during my many travels through the Prefecture.
And this time again I was lucky to enjoy some great help from a new friend working for the Shizuoka City Touristic Information, namely Atsuko Kurata!
Like me she is chasing all kinds of cultural artifacts, especially the unusual ones!
I’m pretty sure that we should be able to come with a “Ten Best” very soon, at least for the year 2013!

Actually I have found some interesting sources of defunct and live Japanese blogs which should direct me to dozens more soon in the whole Prefecture!
Some are real works of art!
Keep tight!

Until then the present post will be slightly “technical”!


Atsuko found the above and the two below in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City.
They seem different but they are actually the same type!


They seem to point in different in different directions.


They seem to do so, but in fact the outer rim is fixed whereas the cover is movable!


I found this in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City.
I wonder what a “gas bulb” stands for?


Another very large rectangular manhole cover in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!


I found this one in front of the Shizuoka Main Police Station in Aoi Ku.
It was produced by Kaneso Foundry Co.
It seems that the police have their very own manhole covers as the character “警” of “警察” meaning “police” tends to indicate!


Another,almost rare, old type in Aoi ku, Shizuoka City!


It was made by yet another foundry called Daidore Co Ltd.


A very large one for Chubu Denryoku Electric Company in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!


Not all the manhole covers of Chubu Denryoku/中部電力” are marked such!


A smaller one with an indicator in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!


This is a reminder of a type found in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City which comes in different color or with none, and can be subdivided into groups, one station “shi no hana aoi/市の花葵”/”Shizuoka Flower: Hollyhock” or with a “T” foolwed by a number!


No color and “T-14”!


No color and “T-25”!


A medium-sized one for a fire hydrant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!


We see more and more of these large ones blending into the surrounding decor in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!


The same type as above blending into the surroundings but for NTT/National Telephone & Telegraph Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!


I don’t have a clue what ” Gas P” stands for!

Some beauties coming next!


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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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