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Wow, take a look at that manhole!

In this time of rampant, overbearing billionaires, me-me-me culture and ADHD social media, here’s something to act as an antidote to all of that. And, of course, it comes from Japan, where they seem to find a balance, no matter what. In this case, it’s a beautiful solution to an “ugly” problem – manhole covers. We’ll bet that this isn’t at the top of your list of things to worry about, but fixing the small problems leads to solving the big ones. And, at the end of the day, it’s art, too. Don’t you wish that your city thought this broadly?

What started as a scheme to get taxpayers on board with pricey rural sewer projects in the 1980s has grown into a countrywide tourist attraction and a matter of civic pride. Watch the video, below, to see how things should be done. Take a look here if you want to see more.

Art is everywhere! Click here to explore what Matsumoto has to offer you.

Baulau can make your Japan trip planning a piece of cake. Click here for flights, rail and more.

Stay at the swank Tabino Hotel lit Matsumoto. Beautiful and central. Click here.

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