Fifth Series of Manhole Cards Released (News)
Tokyo, July 31 (Jiji Press)—A fifth series of collectible "manhole cards" will be released on Tuesday, including designs from Aomori, Kumamoto and Ōita Prefectures for the first time.
The upcoming batch will contain 52 unique designs of manhole covers from 50 municipalities in 28 prefectures, including designs depicting Aomori's Nebuta Festival, Kumamoto's Higo tsubaki (Japanese camellia) and Ōita's Saeki Castle.
With the addition of the new series, a total of 900,000 cards will have been issued with 222 designs from 46 of the 47 prefectures in Japan.
The cards are 6.3 centimeters wide and 8.8 centimeters long. On the front of each card, a photo of a manhole cover is printed with the longitude and latitude of its location. An explanation of the background of the design is written on the back of the card.
People can receive the cards—one card per person in principle—free of charge at designated sites including sewage treatment facilities, municipal offices, and tourist information centers.