Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 27: Fire Hydrant Covers! (消火栓のマンホール) Part 2 (Abstract Symbols))


Splendid arrow motif in Kusanagai, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City! (credit: Atsuko Kurata)

Fire hydrant manhole covers, or more precisely manhole covers over water and water Tanks accesses for firemne were among the first to be decorated by municipalities with other water access manhole covers and come in three distinct kinds of motifs, either round or rectangular:
1) Fire trucks, firemen and Firefighter’ symbols
2) Regional symbols
3) Abstract symbols


More arrows with blue and yellow backgrounds in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!


Can you distinguish the sakura ebi/cherry shrimp in the middle of this manhole cover in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City?


Found in Kambara, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!


Similar in design but less intricate in Shizuoka City!


An old type in Ryuuyoo now merged into Iwata City!


Yoshiwara in Fuji City has at least 3 varieties on that design! Check the central motifs!


2nd variety in Yoshiwar, Fuji City!


3rd variety in Yoshiwara, Fuji City! Double manhole cover!


Similar typpe, but in Fujinomiya City!


A smaller one in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, but use clearly indicated by yellow paint circle!


Rectangular fire hydrant manhole covers are also quite common but a second look will tell you soon enough that there are many differences in general motifs and city crests!
Found in Shizuoka City!


Shizuoka City!


An ancient one in Shimada City!


A smaller ancient one in Kikugawa City!


A manhole cover easy to find at night in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!


Found in Okabe, now merged into Fujieda City!


Found in Kikugawa City, but still bearing “Kikugawa Cho” as it was called before being upgraded to city level!


There are also quite a few types in Kakegawa City which saw so many vilages merged into the city!


Similar as above but smaller in Kakegawa City!


A different type in Kakegawa City!


Still a different type in Kakegawa City, but far more ancient!


Found in Atami City, although it is a type found elsewhere!


Such rectangular manhole covers cut with a diagonal line are not very common and might denotate a different foundry!
Found in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!


Found in Shizuoka City!


Found in Fujieda City!


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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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