Category Archives: art

artistic manhole cover 3

You can come across nice manhole covers on Japan’s streets.  Those covers often represent regional appeal. Otsu city, Shiga This mh cover shows the city’s attraction ‘lake Biwa’, the largest lake in Japan. Osaka city It shows ‘Osaka castle’ and Osaka prefecture’s flower ‘cherry blossoms’ … Continue reading

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Kawaii (cute) boosts your concentration!

Japanese researchers found ‘kawaii’, cute things can boost your concentration.  After people saw pretty images such as baby animals, many of them made a little better performance in the experiments.  They said that people who see something pretty want to see it more carefully.  That’s … Continue reading

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My Neighbor Totoro

‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is one of the most popular Hayao Miyazaki films.  The movie was released in Japan in 1988.  Wow, it was more than 20 years ago.  But then it was not successful in terms of the box office at all.  Next year it was broadcasted on … Continue reading

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raccoon dog pottery doll

A raccoon dog pottery doll is often seen in Japan along with beckoning cat dolls.  You could find one or two in a private home’s garden or other places. This doll originates from Shigaraki, a famous pottery town in Shiga prefecture.  It became popular all over … Continue reading

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artistic manhole cover 2

Welcome to my manhole cover gallery.  The previous post is here. This is featuring ‘hikeshi-bou’.  ‘Hikeshi-bou’ was used to dust off fire sparks by fire fighters in the Edo period (the 17th through mid-19th centuries). It is fun to find nice manhole covers.  … Continue reading

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Pipo-kun, the mascot character of Tokyo metropolitan police department

The sign says ‘Don’t jaywalk’ Japan is a superpower of ‘strange creatures’.  You could see characters and mascots anywhere. The picture above is one of them.  In Japan, there are many PR mascot characters.  Metropolitan police department also has one.  That was born 25 … Continue reading

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March 17th is the comic magazine day

Comic magazines named ‘Weekly Shonen Sunday’ and ‘Weekly Shonen magazine’ began on this day of the year 1959 in Japan.  These two are still published every week.    My favorite anime ‘Case Closed’ or ‘Detective Conan’ is from ‘Weekly Sunday’.  Speaking of ‘Conan’, I first … Continue reading

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