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Manhole covers in Japan are varied, unique and pretty in their design.

The Japanese have a wonderful relationship with their manhole covers: they treat them as art. Here is a selection of the ornate, the artistic and the slightly bizarre.

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The Marunouchi area of Tokyo goes on step further and instead of individually unique covers it has given them seasonal themes. Here, the dragonflies represent the autumn. Dotted around the area are other covers representing the other seasons, such as cherry blossoms for the summer.

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