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Artful Japanese manhole covers

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 34: In this picture taken on November 24, 2017 Japanese employee Isamu Kamiya paints a manhole cover at a factory in Otawara, Tochigi prefecture.
Japan's sewerage industry has found a way to clean up its dirty and smelly image: elaborately designed and colourful manhole covers with 12,000 local varieties nationwide -- including, of course, a Hello Kitty design. / AFP PHOTO / Behrouz MEHRI / TO GO WITH AFP STORY 'JAPAN-CULTURE-SOCIETY-ART,FEATURE' BY MIWA SUZUKI        (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan has found an interesting way to beautify its manholes. The country has gone unconventional and painted its manhole covers with scenes that depict their culture and local landmarks. Today, the elaborate designs and colors on the streets attract attention of tourists and locals alike. Click through to take a look at a few masterpieces around Japan.

(Pictured) A man paints a manhole cover at a factory in Otawara.

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