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Wintersweet (loubai) and Pot Marigold (kinsenka)

Wintersweet (loubai) and Pot Marigold (kinsenka)

Plum (ume) and Daffodil (suisen)

Plum (ume) and Daffodil (suisen)

Beppu in Oita styles itself "flower town" and is reflected in its choice of designs for manhole covers

Beppu in Oita styles itself "flower town" and is reflected in its choice of designs for manhole covers

In the third week of July the Ushioni Matsuri takes place involving a parade of 5-8 meter long figures with these heads atop tall poles.

In the third week of July the Ushioni Matsuri takes place involving a parade of 5-8 meter long figures with these heads atop tall poles.

Some places really make an effort with their manhole designs. Yuda Onsen in Yamaguchi with more than 30 different designs being an obvious choice (click here for some examples). Another place I recently discovered is Beppu, the famous hot-spring resort in Oita. The first one features Cosmos (kosumosu) and Rose Mallow (Fuyou

Some places really make an effort with their manhole designs. Yuda Onsen in Yamaguchi with more than 30 different designs being an obvious choice (click here for some examples). Another place I recently discovered is Beppu, the famous hot-spring resort in Oita. The first one features Cosmos (kosumosu) and Rose Mallow (Fuyou

This ones easy.... cherry blossoms and tulips.... but I couldn't find it in color.

This ones easy.... cherry blossoms and tulips.... but I couldn't find it in color.

Case (Inrō) with Design of Squid, Shells and Seaweed Hara Yōyūsai  (Japanese, 1772–1845) Date:early 19th century  Culture:Japan  Line:Rogers Fund,1913  http://www.metmuseum.org/

Case (Inrō) with Design of Squid, Shells and Seaweed Hara Yōyūsai (Japanese, 1772–1845) Date:early 19th century Culture:Japan Line:Rogers Fund,1913 http://www.metmuseum.org/

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