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Dear Alice,

Can you please tell me what the heck is the deal with all the pretty manhole covers in Japan? They can be so lovely that I’ve started taking pictures of them when I travel around the country. When I shared these sewer snaps on my photo blog, I got some interesting questions from friends and family at home. For example, does every city and town in Japan have a special manhole cover? And who is in the business of producing them?

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