Saturday, 3 March 2007

Hanami Cherry blossom motif inspection cover

An inspection cover from Maranouchi district, Tokyo, depicting Hanami cherry blossom. This is an example of the design sense and attention to detail to be seen in many Japanese buildings and streets. Traditional and contemporary designs exist. Here the cover, rim and paving surface have all been designed for the building. Other inspection covers include leaves, flowers, spirals and dragonfly motifs. Photographic images from the history of the area are also engraved into polished granite paving stones - a remarkable urban design detail walked over by millions of comuters daily, enlightening the lives of many.

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