We have picked 16 manhole cover designs from all over Japan and turned them into enamel pins. Here is a preview of some of the designs. They were all part of our very successful Kickstarter campaign on 27th October 2020. They are still available on Indiegogo.
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Otaru is a city and port in Shiribeshi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is a tourist spot famous for its historical building and a beautiful canal.
Tsuruoka 鶴岡市,is a city in Yamagata Prefecture. This manhole design depicts the beautiful building in Tsuruoka Park which is also famous for its Sakura trees.
Ojiya, Niigata Prefecture. Ojiya was the birthplace of Nishikigoi (speical Koi fish). You can visit Nishikikoi no Sato, a museum for Nishikiigoi there.
Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. The cover depicts the color design of Temari, balls made from embroidery may be used in handball games
Shirakawa (白川村) is a village located in, Gifu Prefecture. Famous for its historic house built in the style of gasshō-zukuri, Shirakawa is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
Himeji (姫路市) a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture. Himeji is famous for its white castle. The white egret orchid depicted on the design is a symbol of the city.
Miyoshi (三次市) is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture. It depicts two cranes. The crane is the symbol of fidelity, welfare, beauty, sake, profusion, longevity in Japan.
Hiroshima (広島市)is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture. This design depicts senbazuru. A thousand of origami cranes strung together. it is said that if someone folds a thousand cranes, they are granted one wish.
Display your DrainArt pin on this beautiful wall scroll. The wall scroll shows where the pins are located in a map of Japan in Ukiyo-e print style.
Tokyo Metropolis. This design is one of the most commonly found in Tokyo the capital of Japan. The design depicts a sakura flower surrounded by ginkgo leaves.
Atami (熱海市) is a city located in Shizuoka Prefecture. This design depicts a scene from the story of “Konjiki-yasha”, one of the best stories of Ozaki Koyo where the lovers say goodbye infront of a famous pine tree in Atami.
Fuji (富士市) is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture. This design depicts the beautiful Mount Fuji with billowing clouds and seawave.
Fuji (富士市) is a city in eastern Shizuoka Prefecture. Fuji City has many places that bear a connection to the tale of the princess Kaguya-hime, a princess that was discovered by a bamboo cutter inside a bamboo shoot. In this pin you can the princess with the beautiful Mt. Fuji in the background.
Osaka ( 大阪市, ) is a designated city in the Kansai region of Honshu in Japan. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture. The design depicts the beautiful Osaka Castle.
Takamatsu(高松市) is a city in Kagawa Prefecture. In this design, Nasu no Yoichi, who particularly famous for his actions at the Battle of Yashima in 1184 was engraved on a manhole cover.
Hiroshima (広島市)is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture. This design depicts beautiful maple leaves which is a common sight in Hiroshima.
Yamaguchi is the capital city of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. The words on the design are an excerpt from a famous Haiku Poem by Santoka Taneda who was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture. His statue is now shown in front of Yamaguchi Train Station.
14 thoughts on “Designs”
Do you have one for Okinawa?
thanks for your comment. We don’t have any from Okinawa now. Because Okinawa is quite far away. If we include it the map will be very small. But I hope to do another set that can include Okinawa in the future.
Hey love the designs! Are you going to do one for Yokohama?
Hi Jack. Thanks for your comment. I don’ have one from Yokohama now. I will consider it in the future.
Are you doing any from Osaka? The covers in Minoh are gorgeous! They have maple trees and a waterfall!
Hi Jackie thank you for your advice. That is indeed quite nice. But I have the Osaka castle now. So I may have to put it in next round. I plan to do more than this Kickstarter. Hopefully it will be popular enough so I can keep churning out new designs from different part of Japan
Are you considering ones from Kyoto?
Hi Tory. Thanks for your comment. Right now I am not. I love to include one but I am only making 16 this time. I have other that I prefer a little bit more. So Kyoto will have to be wait for next round. I plan to continue to make them after the Kickstarter.
I’d prefer them to be collectible coins that actually have the textures on them
If I wanted to buy all 16 pins- would I get a discount? How much would it be?
Helo~I have very interesting with Ojiya,Matsumoto and Fuji.
How to get this three country pins??
Hi you can back it on my Kickstarter page. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding site, in case you are not familiar with it. I don’t have options for 3 pins. I only have 2 or 4 pins. But you can still choose the 2 pins tier options, but manually adjust the price so it is equal to 3 pins. Basically just divide the price of 2 pins with tracking by 2 and then time 3 should be your final price.
I hope it does not sound too complicated. If you decided to go for it, please let me know.
Will you guys think of making an Esty or somewhere to sell if you have extras, I was not able to do your Kickstarter?
Thank you for asking. I will have my own online shop for pre-ordering . But it will take a while. I think I will open pre-order on a platform called Indiegogo in the mean time. I probably can set it up in just a few days. I will email you any update if you don’t mind.
Have a nice day