The Snow Resilient Manhole Cover - Hakuba Japan

Yes, those white trails are snow flacks caught in the act falling. This manhole cover with its lovely motifs of cloud, mountain and lily is the first I've seen with a name in English. That it is not covered with snow makes me think that all these covers are for the water system perhaps? Is there a competition for the town with the best man hole cover?  Can this be called a grate if it doesn't have any grating holes? And what species are those mysterious lilies? The mysteries multiply.

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