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Our favorite photoset of the day comes from courtesy of Japan’s enduring commitment to quirk—particularly regarding manhole covers. Apparently Japanese municipalities have been known to get quite creative with the iron platters, and a book/iPad app—dubbed Drainspotting—has finally come along to catalogue the most interesting ones. At their best, they’re a modern channeling of the old block print aesthetic, but even the cartoonish ones are worth a look. If you don’t feel like shelling out for the print copy, there’s a pretty good survey here.

—R.B.

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