Look down, not up, as you walk. But only if you’re headed to the Japanese Manhole Cover Festival happening in Tokyo. If you love Japanese manhole covers as much as we do, you’ll be excited to learn that the extravaganza will include everything from actual manhole covers and manhole cover goods (like doormats, miniatures, collector cards) to manhole cover cookies and snacks.
Japanese manhole covers are packed with history, culture and design, which makes them the perfect subject to celebrate. Actual manhole covers from all around Japan, as well as collector’s items, will descend on Tokyo this coming weekend. The festivities are taking place on the ground floor of Shinjuku Takashimaya department store from February 1 – February 3, 2019.
That’s definitely not enough time to celebrate manhole covers but there is a satellite exhibition going on right next door at Tokyu Hands Shinjuku. There, on the 7th floor, you’ll find a section dedicated manhole cover goods and collectables, which will be open through February 24, 2019.