Saturday, 18 February 2012

Cover Story - Takamatsu

Manhole cover found in Takamatsu. I had Yokohama's manhole covers posted up earlier. More were posted in previous years too, and more coming up soon!
The no colour version
Colour version

The archer featured on these manhole cover Nasu no Yoichi of the Minamoto/Genji Clan during the Battle of Yashima

It's interesting what might motivate you to do research and learn history, no? In my case, the things I happened to step on made me learn more about Japanese history. Similarly, I started looking up on Korean history through watching "sageuks/사극" which is Korean for historical drama. The need to know the true historical facts of the era kinda making me "study" again. It's one thing watching a historical drama. It's another when someone is quite OCD about getting the facts right. xD

22 comments:

  1. They look amazing and like you said a great way to learn a bit more about the history behind them. Thanks for sharing Lina :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. Japan sure has a great idea putting up such nice manhole covers. Inquisitive people will try and learn more about them - and those depicted on the covers are things that the area/region is proud of. ^^

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  2. Are all the covers decorative like these in the Takamatsu area? Like you, I learn a lot by posting. When you learn, you also teach your readers. ;)

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    1. I think so. Because whenever we stumbled across a manhole cover - this is what we see. But of course, of varying stage of wear & tear.

      Yes, I learn lots by posting and reading other's too. :)

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  3. Colour version is unfamiliar to me. The technology is great. :)

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    1. I have yet seen them around Tokyo but there are a lot of them elsewhere. But seems like Shikoku has plenty of them, and in good colour condition too. ^^

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  4. I usually like colour but I feel they would get dirty ... Though perhaps not in clean Japan!

    I know what you mean about finding out the truth. I got so fed up to read the rubbish often written about Lewis Carroll ( author of one of my favourite books Alice in Wonderland) that in the end I had to do my own research and write a book. Nm I dont recommend you go that far! though - it was really hard work and not much fun ... shows where OCD gets you :)

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    1. I have to agree with you on the colour version. But from the few that I've seen, they didn't get dirty just a looking a bit worn out and in need of another fresh coat of paint. It's Japan, after all.

      Yeah, you are one OCD'ed Lewis Carroll fan! But many benefit from it. :)

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  5. Drat! I was hoping that I could demand "yes but who is the guy on the cover?!" but you're one step ahead of me. :)

    Why don't you write a book about Japan? Travel book for Malaysians, peppered with Malay phrases. ^^

    Actually, ne, that's not a bad idea at all.

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    1. But unlike you, I read them up but I'm too lazy to properly write about them. xD

      Travel book for Malaysians about Japan? The thought crop up but as you can see, I'm not exactly writer material. And I am lousy at my own language! LOL

      Anyway, I'd be hyperventilating about getting facts right, what to show that should be totally suitable for Malaysian (Muslim) readers and stuff. Nah... too much pressure. I stop doing anything when it's not fun. That's why you don't see me in a high-flying corporate job. xD

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    2. Thankyouthankyouthankyou for giving me an opportunity to use my new Malay phrases! "I'm not exactly writer material." Merepek! Ada-ada saja! ^^

      (It's the second time this week I'm rudely telling a blogger, "Don't talk rubbish! You're a good writer!" The other one was Ekaterina at www.forest-lair.blogspot.com.) {I still can't embed hyperlinks in comments. Gaaa.}

      Correct facts? Ha. When did that ever stop travel book publishers? The one excuse I do accept is you should stop writing when it's not fun anymore.

      Now go write your next post. :D

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    3. OK Madam! Writing the next post in a jiffy! ;p

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  6. You never fail to amaze me... even while on the road, you can 'study' about these things...

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    1. *study* - I'm rather allergic to the word, Lrong. xD

      Looking around (up, in front, below) and not miss anything is fun! It's the best part about travelling. Seeing everything and I mean, everything. ^^

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  7. Hi Lina....soooo long time for me to sneak back here. How's everything? I miss all your nice Japan travel pics. That cover is very artistic. Gtg for now dear, take care!

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    1. Been awhile since your last visit. ^^

      How's everything. Still very busy, it seems.

      So your Ghibli trip on soon?

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  8. The Japanese know how to make everything look beautiful

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  9. Nasuno Yoiti story is written in Heikemonogatari or The Tale of the Heike.
    I like the book very much among the classical literature.

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  10. Nice interesting story and pixz. Never too old to learn and never stop learning. By sharing you are learning and by reading we are learning so sama sama we learn. tQ.

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    1. Share and share alike, kan Bananaz? :)

      I learn a lot too by reading yours. :) Thank you. ^^

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