What is it about Japanese people that makes everything in that country so wonderfully unique and whimsical? Take, for example, the manhole covers: "Japan's manhole covers often include a symbol specific to an area or town as part of the overall design. For example, in Kora Town, Shiga, they feature a turtle (a symbol of wisdom and longevity) for the main motif, in addition to local landmarks, festivals, trees, myths, fireworks, boats, rivers, fish and sea creatures. Fairy tale elements, dinosaurs, anime characters, or icons can all be incorporated." Art is everywhere, even where you least expect it!

~JP Pullos

*One side note...I am thrilled to let you all know that JP will now be posting regularly for Ooh La La Du Jour. I could not be more excited to be working with him again after all these years.  Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!

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