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Japanese modern architecture, Iidabashi Station

One of the most interesting contemporary Japanese architects is Makoto Sei Watanabe, who uses mathematical algorithms to create his buildings. A great example of his art is the Iidabashi Station in Tokyo, on the Toei Oedo Line.

On the surface, the station features a tower called “Wing", a structure including the ventilation and the air-conditioning equipment for the entire subway station. It is not only architecturally stunning, but it is made with revolutionary construction materials: to minimize the maintenance effort, the glass used for the Wing is coated with titanium dioxide, which allows for enhanced self-cleansing…
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Daruma Dolls, the story of a name

One of the most popular Japanese good luck charms is the round, papier-m?ché Daruma Doll. Its shape isn’t exactly a doll, because there are no hands or legs and the entire doll actually represents the head.

In fact, the Daruma Doll is a stylized representation of the legendary founder of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma, according to the legend which says that after 9 years of continuous meditation, sitting in zazen, his hands and legs were atrophied… The name of the dolls, “Daruma", comes from the Japanese version of the Sanskrit word Dharma, which in Buddhism represents the teachings of the Buddha.
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Japanese gardens, Tsubo-niwa

Besides the courtyard ornamental garden, that can be admired from the veranda, some traditional restaurants and wealthy houses are also adorned with small interior gardens. They are called tsubo-niwa, a name that indicates their size, because niwa means “garden” and tsubo is a surface equal to 2 tatami mats, 3.3 square meters.

Since thay are so small, they are designed to be admired entirely from outside, and are usually including a stone lantern, a water basin, a few stepping stones and some green plants…
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Japanese spiritual architecture, Shimonoseki Akama-jingu

It is said that the architecture of the Shimonoseki Akama Shrine gate was selected according to… a dream. The gate is located close to the place where, 830 years ago, took place one of the most important battles in the history of Japan, the battle of Dan-no-ura.

Then, because the Heike (Taira) clan was defeated, the Empress Nii-no-Ama drowned herself, together with her grandson Emperor Antoku, who was still a child. Legend says that the mother of the Emperor, Kenreimon-in (who also tried to kill herself but was saved), dreamed about the two living in Ryūgū-jō, the underwater palace of Ryūjin, the dragon god of the sea from the classical Japanese folktale, Urashima-Tarō. Therefore, the gate of the shrine was built in the architectural style inspired by Ryūgū-jō…
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A Japanese Song per Day: Katori Shingo - Shingo Mama no Oha Rock
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Japanese artistic manhole covers, Mito-chan

Mito-chan, the mascot of Mito city, is a cute little girl with thick twin-tails, wearing plum blossoms in her hair and dressed like Mito Kōmon, a character from a famous jidaigeki period drama.

Mito-chan is a quite new mascot (she was presented to the public just about 2 years ago), but she is already famous in her home city of Mito. So, no wonder that she is also present on the city’s artistic manhole covers…
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A Japanese Song per Day: BUMP OF CHICKEN - sailing day
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Tango no Sekku Koinobori, Boys Day in Japan

If you travel to Japan during end April and beginning of May, you will surely notice a lot of carp-like streamers made of cloth or paper, waving in the wind. These are koinobori, decorations displayed for Tango no Sekku, the Boys Day, which is celebrated today, on May 5th.

Why the carp? In the Japanese tradition, because the carp swims against the current, it is a symbol for courage and ability to overcome obstacles and difficulties, a symbol for success, perfect qualities for a man…
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A Japanese Song per Day: AKB48 - Yankee Soul
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Nice, but I like the other one ' majisuka Rock N Roll' and even 'Yankee Rock'. 
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A Japanese Song per Day: sakanaction - Eureka
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Scenic Beauty, Kyoto Tofuku-ji Southern Zen Garden

Among the few Zen gardens selected as National Site of Scenic Beauty, the garden of Tofuku-ji, Kyoto, was built 76 years ago by a famous designer, Mirei Shigemori.

Actually, Tofuku-ji features a complex of four Zen gardens, with different, both classic and modern styles. The most classic of them is the Southern garden, photographed here, designed to symbolize the Elysian islands.
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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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