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Title : Drainspotting - Japanese Manhole Covers
Authors : Remo Camerota
Publisher : Mark Batty Publisher
Year : 2010
ISBN-13 : 9780982075470
Language : English

Description :
Because in Japan all objects are created with an aesthetic sensibility, nearly 95% of the 1,780 municipalities in Japan sport their very own customized manhole covers ("manhoru" in Japanese) evoking a region's cultural identity, from flora and fauna to landmarks and local festivals.
This city-sanctioned urban art has inspired manhole cover enthusiasts to travel across Japan in search of these unique designs, spurring rapid "manhoru mania".
With numerous colorful photographs organized by region, "Drainspotting Japanese Manhole Covers" by Remo Camerota is the first book to document this distinctive aspect of contemporary Japanese visual culture.
Drainspotting - Japanese Manhole Covers wins best art/photo book at the New York book festival 2010.

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