Japanese Artistic Manhole Covers

Kurashiki Manhole Cover - Photo by PINEAPPLE Studio

Japan is an amazing country which in my eyes is a fascinating combination of futuristic urbanism and technology alongside traditional arts, ancient architecture and nature. My husband and I traveled there for 3 weeks exploring different areas. This was truly an inspiring experience which left a long lasting impact on us.

I like when attention is put into the little details, and you can find many examples for that in Japanese arts, culture and sculptured nature. Even something seemingly insignificant as the sewage covers (manhole covers) turns into mini works of street art, with detailed engravings depicting architecture & nature scenes.

As you take a closer look you will notice, that these are not just random images. Each one tells a story about the history or main characteristics of the city or town it is in:

Matsumoto Manhole Cover - Photo by PINEAPPLE Studio

Matsumoto is the main area of production of Temari (Hand Balls) and it is one of its most important folk crafts. Temari are handmade silk balls, which were used in the past for games. Today they serve mostly as decorative objects and good luck charms.

Osaka Manhole Cover - Photo by PINEAPPLE Studio

A colorful depiction of the Osaka Castle.

Kobe Manhole Cover - Photo by PINEAPPLE Studio

Kobe manhole covers depicts the city with mountains in the background. The anchor symbol represents Kobe’s beautiful harbor.

Hiroshima Manhole Cover - Photo by PINEAPPLE Studio

Thousands of colorful paper cranes are decorating the Children’s Peace Monument located in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in memory of the girl Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of child victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Nara Manhole Cover - Photo by PINEAPPLE Studio

You can find many Sika deer roaming free in the Nara Park area, which are considered to be a sacred animal in the local tradition.

Kurashiki Manhole Cover - Photo by PINEAPPLE Studio

Inside the Achi Shrine in Kurashiki is a centuries old Wisteria tree, which is considered the largest of its kind in Japan.

Thousands of these artistic manhole covers can be found in Japan. I recently came across this beautiful Flicker album by member MRSY. Looking at these photos makes me want to visit Japan again and look for each and every one of these street works of art.

There is so much to see in Japan! If you ever travel to Japan I recommend using this website called Japan Guide to plan your trip. It is full of resources, travel routes and information, and was extremely useful when we were planning our trip.

Contemporary Artisan – Israeli Designer Event

Contemporary Artisan

I’m am proud and honored for my printed leather fashion accessories to be invited to participate in a unique art and design 2-day event taking place in New Jersey this Saturday and Sunday.

Contemporary Artisan is a designer event which aims to “connect local Jewish communities with the young, evolving art scene in Israel. Introducing young talent, hearing their stories, understanding their artistic statement in a way that is currently limited to visitors to Israel who have access to the studios where these artists and designers work.”

The event will be offering for sale quality designer fashion and home decor, all made by talented Israeli designers. My line of printed leather belts, bracelets and purses will also be offered for sale.

Take a look at the event’s website and Facebook page to see some of the amazing  designs in this special event.

And if you happen to be in the area – you’re welcome to visit!

Invitation for the first day – Saturday, September 20th, 2014:

Contemporary Artisan Invitation - Sep. 20th

Invitation for the second day – Sunday, September 21st, 2014:

Contemporary Artisan Invitation - Sep. 21st

Whimsical Works by Minifanfan

The Blue Bob Girl - Brooch or Magnet by Minifanfan

The Blue Bob Girl – Brooch or Magnet by Minifanfan

When I first came across one of Minifanfan works the things that most caught my eye were the colors and the out of the ordinary creatures.

The Musicians - Drawing by Minifanfan

The Musicians – Drawing by Minifanfan

Designer Gee Fan Eng defines her work as “Happy Drawings for Happy People” and when I looked at it I could immediately understand why.

Sherry The Rabbit Girl with Love - Wearable Art by Minifanfan

Sherry The Rabbit Girl with Love – Wearable Art by Minifanfan

There is something very sweet and lovable in these creations. The whimsical creatures are absolutely adorable and the unusual color palette adds an unique twist to it all.

Bear and Rabbit Hug Love - Button Badges by Minifanfan

Bear and Rabbit Hug Love – Button Badges by Minifanfan

You can find out more about her and see much more of her happy drawings in the Minifanfan website & Etsy shop.

Put Your Hands Up - Drawing by Minifanfan

Put Your Hands Up – Drawing by Minifanfan

Of all her works this one here is my favorite :) Which is yours?

How To Become A Monster - Pillow Cover by Minifanfan

How To Become A Monster – Pillow Cover by Minifanfan

 

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