Pokémon manhole covers are here to brighten your day

Pokemon manhole cover
(Image credit: @aggxretsuko via Instagram)

Hunting Pokemon has just got even more fun in Japan, where Pokémon-themed manhole covers are popping up all over the country. Characters such as Magnemite, Elekid, Raikou and Tyrunt have been appearing in cities from Tokyo to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and even in tropical Okinawa in beautifully coloured installations.

Japan has something of a tradition of manhole art. The most utilitarian of street features are routinely transformed into adorable features, often including symbols and designs specific to each area, such as landmarks and local fauna. The latest wave of 206 – yes 206, and you gotta spot 'em all! – Pokémon designs is designed to boost tourism in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have to say that we thoroughly approve (as an aside, if you want to play Pokémon games on Nintendo's latest console, make sure you check out the best Nintendo Switch deals.)

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.