Friday, 27 April 2012

Cover Story - Matsuyama

Had a blast looking for the awesome and interesting manhole covers in the cities we visited in Japan again this year. Seen my earlier post on Yokohama's manhole covers or Takamatsu's? I had a few more posts on manhole covers at other places we visited in 2007-2010 stashed away somewhere too. Do look it up, if you are interested. ^^
 This one looks boring compared to the colour versions!
Can't seem to find the story behind the flowers despite searching. Anyone knows?

All three version were found during our walk from Matsuyama Station to Dogo Onsen last year. How far was it? About 4km if I'm not mistaken. If you are going to Dogo Onsen, I totally recommend taking the tram once and one trip made with walking. There are lots of interesting stuff you can see when you are meandering around instead of going direct to your destination!

With this post, a Shikoku series is now officially starting! Wait for it! Though most of it will have like a gazillion worth of autumn photos in them. Not really season appropriate, I have to admit.

But I have to warn you. In between the Shikoku posts, there will be interruptions as I will slot in some Tokyo Sky Tree posts to herald its opening this May!

29 comments:

  1. I like the tram.
    As you may know, there is only one tram in Tokyo which is Arakawa Line.
    http://www.toshima.ne.jp/~b2on/td/

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  2. I was just about to start muttering. "Manholes? What's manholes got to do with Sky Tree? Look up, woman, not down!" Then I was reassured by your last paragraph. ^^

    Matsuyama's flower symbol is the camellia, and that looks like camellias on the manhole covers. Q.E.D. :D

    Autumn photos and Sky Tree photos, all in one month? Oh, bliss.

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    1. Down first then up. hah hah

      I'm slowly learning about flowers now...

      As you would know,I am very unfamiliar with flowers, not receiving them much from the object of my affection. ;p

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    2. Well ... but he does get up crazy early to accompany you on your run. As good as flowers, ah? :D

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    3. That's why I'm not complaining. ^^

      Who needs flowers when action speaks louder? He may not say he loves me over and over, every single day but as I told and reminded him (and annoy him to end); I know he loves me to bits. ;p

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  3. The Japanese make even ugly things look beautiful.

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    1. They make mundane, practical things interesting. A sight for the senses. ;)

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  4. The colorless manhole is as beautiful as the colorful camellia XD

    Compare to Malaysia ones.... er, checkered style??

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    1. We rather waste billions of taxpayers' money to the politicians to use mah... why waste on nice manhole covers? ;p

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  5. Here, some are not being covered properly... if I remembered correctly, there was an incident whereby a holidaying-teenager felt into the manhole while chatting with her friends. It was reported in the newspapers. Tsk, tsk... so mempersia-suikan (sia-sui, as in Hokkien slang, something like 'memalukan').

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    1. Manhole covers are stolen for scrap metal in South Africa. It's caused some BAD accidents.

      What is memalukan? o_0

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    2. Same here. Anything metal that is not welded tightly would be gone too in this part of the world. o.O

      Caused death even.

      malu - shame, shy
      Memalukan : shameful

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  6. Lina, is there any other designs beside flowers? Animal? Scene? on the manholes in Japan?

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    1. YES! Lots of designs! ^^ I'm hijacking Lina's blog. (Barbarians do that.) I'd better let her answer you properly. :)

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    2. Barbarians are allowed to hijack each other's space. ;p

      Yvonne,
      Why you no click at my links? There are examples there already. huhuhu

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  7. If I spotted one decorated manhole in Malaysia, I would immediately suspect this one must be imported from Japan :D

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    1. I think before you spot one, somebody spotted them already and carted them off either for souvenir or scrap metal! Hu~

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  8. They are amazing and got to make sure I get some pics of them next time as well :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. You should.

      Apart from being interesting, they provide an insight to that particular area. ^^

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  9. You are a Manhole cover fancier! The ansew had already written by Rurousha. So I want to recommend you to be other kind of fancier. For exaple,T junction fancier, Slope fancier and Junction of three road fancier.
    I know above kind of fanciers actually.

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    1. Manhole covers are interesting.

      For the time being, I'll stick with it. Interest on anything have to come naturally for it to be fun. ^^

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    2. Sky Tree fancier! Nudge nudge hint hint! :D

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    3. Yup Yup Yup.

      Manhole covers and Sky Tree fancier.

      Be prepared to 4 posts of Sky Trees in May. It's all line up and waiting to be published on schedule. ;)

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  10. Makes me think of Koblenz where they also had these type of shields.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. I need to learn more about Koblenz, the city. ^^

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