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400 years ago, the Nagamachi area from Kanazawa was the neighborhood of the samurai class ruling the Kaga Domain, but at the end of the 19th century, the samurai class was abolished and many of these buildings were destroyed. However, some of them survived because they were bought by wealthy merchants - that’s the case of the house from the today’s photo, the former home of Nomura, a high-rank samurai family.

After the Meiji Restoration, the house was bought by Kubo Hirobei Hirobei, the owner of a shipping company from Hashidate. He preserved it and, after decades, the city of Kanazawa bought it - so today the Nomura family house is an interesting museum, allowing us a glimpse into the life of the samurai. The travel into the past starts right at the entrance, where an old samurai armor is greeting the visitors…

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Long in the past, the pagoda was the most sacred and important building of a Japanese Buddhist temple, because in the pagoda were enshrined relics of Buddha. In time, their role was diminished, now the most important place is the main hall, which houses the main object of worship, and only some Buddhist sects still build a pagoda inside the temple grounds.

For me, from a strictly aesthetic (or photographic) perspective, the pagoda is the most beautiful part of a temple, especially those with 5 storeys, gojū-no-tō, like the one photographed here inside the Takahata Fudo Temple, in Hino, Tokyo.

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As you already know, I love the interiors of the Japanese castles. And while visiting the Kumamoto castle, I found this very interesting model, presenting a cross section view of the original Kumamoto castle.

The main keep (tenshu) of the Japanese castle was usually used only for military purposes, so the floors were connected by steep stairs and the interior was built as one contiguous space, later divided in rooms and corridors with traditional Japanese room dividers (fusuma).

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When I went to that castle, you could still see the well they dug inside the castle in order to have a supply of water even during blockades.
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Each part of the life of cherry blossoms has its charm: after the full-bloom perfection, the withering offers another moment of great natural beauty… In Japan, the spectacle of petals slowly falling to the ground is compared to the snowfall, being called sakura fubuki, the “snowfall of cherry blossoms".

A wonderful ending for the Hanami period…
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Inaba Jinja Shrine (伊奈波神社) is a Shinto shrine located at the foot of Mount Kinka in Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture. The shrine is one of the three major Shinto shrines of Gifu City.

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An authentic letter written by Ryoma Sakamoto...
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Five things to do in Cameron Highlands: not only strawberries and cups of tea, but also epic trekking and rafflesia hunting, and even a mystery.
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On the ponds of the Japanese traditional gardens, there are always several islands, because the pond symbolizes the sea, and a sea without islands is simply unthinkable for the Japanese philosophy. Some of these islands are reachable by bridge, while others are completely inaccessible, left without any human intervention. The latter are most interesting, since they symbolize Horaijima, the “treasure islands", mythical places inhabited by immortals…

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Passionate about Japan, travel and photography 
Photographing Japan, writing about Japan travel. 

I started the muza-chan.net website in November 2007, a few weeks after my first trip to Japan. At the time, I had in mind a travel journal, written for my Romanian friends. But after a while I received a lot of questions, so I also started to write about the Japanese customs and traditions I observed. Soon, I added several other topics, like history, travel tips, pop-culture…

During the last 7 years, I visited Japan about a month per year… somehow I feel at home there, as if a part of my soul was always there. It is a place I love and where I feel loved...

I want to show you the Japan that I see and many times I feel that I can do more through photos than through words...

Why Muza-chan?

Muza was a nickname I received during college. In Romanian, muza means muse, but my nickname is unrelated to this… Anyway, the nickname stuck with me and then, because of my interest in Japan, the Japanese diminutive suffix -chan was added, hence Muza-chan!
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