When my mother and I went to visit relatives in Japan in 1997, I decided to take the last two weeks of 1997 and the first two weeks of 1998. That way, I'd have four weeks in Japan, but still have two more weeks of vacation.
I thought that was pretty smart. It was, except it was the coldest winter in Japan in a decade. And the first time there was measureable snow in Tokyo in many years. In fact, the TV news showed the trains stopped on the tracks and commuters walking home in the snow. My cousin Hiromi walked for hours to get home.
One time, we were walking to a grocery store in Harue and my Aunt Mizue pointed out manhole covers. We went into another neighborhood and the manhole covers changed.
Here in the States, manhole covers are probably the same.
Just check out these links and you'll see some of the most amazing manhole covers in the world.
And I've added just a few that I snapped.
I this one is a squid. It was in Kashiwa in front of an izakaya (bar) where we ate lunch.
I found this one in Tochigishi.
Cheryl took this one last year.
Another one Cheryl took last year.