b Jap manhole cover

•  The cards show pictures of Japan’s fancy drain covers

•  The covers attract “drainspotters” from around the world

•  The cards explain the designs, which usually are symbols specific to the local area or a local mascot.

•  To aid drainspoters, the cards show the exact geographic coordinates

•  The cards will be launched at a “manhole summit” in Tokyo later this month

•  A second batch of these cards will be released in July

Read more: “Japanese firm releases manhole cover collectors’ cards,” BBC News from Elsewhere


pic of archie holding up drain



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