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A Japanese Song per Day: Kalafina - Progressive
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A Japanese Song per Day: HKT48 - 74oku bun no 1no kimie
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A Japanese Song per Day: Bang! Bang! Vacance!
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A Japanese Song per Day: Ayaka - The beginning
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That was a lovely surprise. One of those songs you can't label under any Japanese music genre. It just is as it was intended to be. And all the nicer for it.
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A Japanese Song per Day: Miyavi - The Others
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Simply beautiful Japanese scenes, Sunset at Fushimi Inari

This harmony of three colors, red vermilion, green and white, can be seen at many Japanese shrines and temples. When I took this photo at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, I was charmed by the colors, warmed up by the setting sun. Simply beautiful…
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Osaka castle and garden

The Osaka castle has a history of almost 450 years, and the tower we see today is the 3rd reconstruction. The first castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi and was destroyed during a siege in 1615. The Tokugawa shogunate reconstucted the castle a few years later, but the castle burned in 1665 after it was struck by lighting.

At the middle of the 19 century, the castle received some renovation, but the main tower wasn’t rebuilt until 1931. Then, nearby the main tower was also arranged a small garden with pond, from where we can admire today this beautiful image with the castle reflected in the water…

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Matsuyama, flatland-mountain castle

The Japanese castles are classified according to the landform on which they were built. On the mountainside, there are two types, castles built on the top of the mountain, called in Japanese yamajiro ("mountaintop castle") and castles built on large hills or on low mountains, known as hirayamajiro, “flatland-mountain castles".

The Matsuyama castle, photographed here, is a hirayamajiro. These castles were somehow more vulnerable because they were not protected by relief, so they were surrounded by strong turrets and concentric walls.

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Street scene in Ozu

Many times during my trips in Japan I returned filled with pleasant memories from otherwise common places such as this scene in Ōzu. I walked on this street after visiting the Ōzu castle, returning to the train station… It was on a lovely autumn day, towards the sunset, and everything around seemed charming…

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About Japan from... manhole covers, Uwajima Bullfighting

I wrote several months ago about the Uwajima manhole covers decorated with Ushi-oni festival art. But the town’s manhole covers are also featuring another famous local festival, the Uwajima Bullfighting.

Held for five days every year, in January, April, July, August and October, this bullfighting is in no way similar to the Spanish corrida. It is a completely different sort of competition, that looks more like… Sumo wrestling with bulls, hence nicknamed “Bull Sumo"…

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Kyoto Kanban kenchiku

By looking at this small house, squeezed between towers and with its concrete facade, it is quite hard to realize that this is, in fact, a machiya, a traditional Japanese townhouse. Actually, this is a kanban kenchiku ("signboard architecture"), a traditional house with a modern facade, part of a growing trend during the last decades in Kyoto.

The old style wooden lattice and mushiko mado windows were replaced by modern structures, and it is estimated that more than 80% of the still existing machiya have lost at least part of their original, traditional elements.

Why this trend? The main problem is that, although highly valued, the traditional houses are expensive to maintain in the today’s world, not to mention the fire prevention and the earthquake resistance concerns…

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There was a couple old wooden houses in kamiyacho and Akasaka when I was there. Eventually granny passes , bull dozers and presto chango, a 4 story apartment springs up like a dandy lion in may. 🏢 🌋
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Japanophile, travel writer, photographer
Passionate about Japan, travel and photography 
Photographing Japan, writing about Japan travel. 

I started the 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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One of the distinctive particularities of the buildings inside the hanamachi geisha districts of Kyoto were the red ocher colored walls. The

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Hey, you kids! Get off my Gundam lawn!

A few years back, toymaker Bandai built a gigantic full-size statue of Japan’s most iconic giant robot, the original RX-78 Gundam. After bou

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