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:
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.