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The city of Ikeda in Osaka Prefecture, known as the birthplace of instant noodles, has started using manhole covers featuring Hiyoko-chan, the mascot of Chicken Ramen brand instant noodles, in front of the city’s popular cup noodle museum.

The Ikeda Municipal Government has created four kinds of 60-centimeter manhole lids representing the four seasons — cherry blossoms for spring, fireworks for summer, autumn leaves for the fall and snow for winter — with Hiyoko-chan featured in the center.

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