by Rocky Glen Grommets
Created January 05, 2011
Tag #15803 - Rocky Glen Grommets Japanese Manhole
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Rocky Glen Grommets decided on this unique manhole cover from Toyonaka city, Osaka, Japan which features a smiling crocodile with roses. (The official flower of the city is a rose)
The manhole covers in Toyonaka-shi, feature a happy cartoon alligator and a bunch of roses. The alligator is called Machikane-wani (“The Machikane Alligator”), and it’s sort of a local mascot. There are, of course, no alligators in Japan now, but there were 400,000 years ago when Machikane-wani ruled the roost. The enormous fossilized skeleton of Machikane-wani was found in 1964 somewhere in the vicinity of the Osaka University department of science and the alligator has come to represent both the city of Toyonaka and Osaka University itself. The fossilized skeleton is on display at The Museum of Osaka University (admission free!) and it’s huge (especially its hands and feet). There’s also a map of Toyonaka that you can stand on that makes you feel kind of giant, like Godzilla. The roses on the manhole cover, are there because of Toyonaka’s rose garden.
Design Submitted for Blueprinting - 5/1/11
Blueprint Approved - 13/1/11
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