Friday, 2 July 2010

Drainspotting - Japanese Manhole Covers by Remo Camerota

Drainspotting will be released by Mark batty Publisher in the coming months. Until then welcome to the online companion to the book Drainspotting
by Remo Camerota and Mark Batty Publisher. Japanese manhole covers come in many shapes, colors and sizes, and in Japan, scanning the streets or a colorful and delightful array of manhole covers has become a pastime, for both the Japanese and foreigners looking to experience a distinctly Japanese visual phenomenon: drainspotting. I became fascinated by these covers while i was
photographing my first book "Graffiti Japan" also published by Mark batty Publisher. So of course with the suggestion by my good friend Michael Shaun Conaway and the help of my Partner Hisako Emura we made the first ever book on the subject. There are many websites dedicated to these wonderful artifacts, created by the many manhole maniacs online, and there are even manhole museums spread throughout Japan, but now there is the full glossy color book.In this blog i will include photos and info that did not make it into
the book. And as photographing these manhole covers is like treasure hunting, i will endeavor to display newly found drain covers that appear after the book has been printed and on the shelves. You can check out other REMO titles at and

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