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Lili Florea (Muza-chan)
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Japanophile, travel writer, photographer
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Matsushima Bay Kanejima, the bell island

During eons of time, water and wind sculpted the islands of Matsushima Bay into amazing shapes, and the process continues. The island photographed here received the name of Kanejima, “bell island", because the waves passing through the 4 natural arches are making a bell-like sound…

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/matsushima-bay-kanejima-the-bell-island
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Traditional Japanese house in Tsumago

As I wrote before, Tsumago is one of the best preserved traditional towns in Japan, due to the efforts made by its citizens. It is such a friendly place that even some inhabited homes, which aren’t museums, are opened to visitors, like this house built in the 19th century, owned by the Kumagai family, with a door open allowing visitors to admire the traditional interior.

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/traditional-japanese-house-tsumago
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Kyoto Railway Museum

Built by the JR West Railway Company on the place of the former Kyoto Umekoji Museum, the new Kyoto Railway Museum is now the third great transportation museum in Japan, on par with the already famous JR East’s Saitama Railway Museum and the JR Central’s SC Maglev and Railway Park.

Besides the older exhibits of the Umekoji museum and of the former Modern Transportation Museum of Osaka, the Kyoto Railway Museum also features new exhibits, such as the 500 Series Shinkansen that can be seen in today’s photo.

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/kyoto-railway-museum
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A Japanese Song per Day: HKT48 - Hitsuzen Teki Koibito https://youtu.be/wSRkRHPLykM

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Medieval Karakuri mechanical puppet clock

The art of making karakuri, traditional Japanese mechanized puppets, was developed during the Edo Period, encouraged by the Tokugawa shogunate. To honor Tokugawa Muneharu, the seventh Tokugawa lord of the Owari Domain, who was an important supporter of this art, the mechanical puppet clock photographed here was built and installed at Osu Kannon in Nagoya, in a temple established by the shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa.

The automation lasts for 6 minutes and it is an impressive performance for the technology of its era. If you want to see it, you can admire its representations 4 times a day, at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM and 5 PM.

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/medieval-karakuri-mechanical-puppet-clock
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Simple Japanese railway scene

I love Japan, and between trips sometimes I feel that I miss its ambiance. With that feeling, I selected for today this very simple photo, taken in Katsushika, Tokyo, without any landmark in sight, because this common Japanese landscape is what I remember the most when I’m home. Looking forward to visit it again…

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/simple-japanese-railway-scene
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Old sakura tree

The most common ornamental tree in Japan is sakura, the Japanese cherry tree (Prunus serrulata). Because they are able to live more than a thousand years, many of the sakura trees were grown, maintained and shaped by successive generations of gardeners.

These beautiful and delicate trees are a delight even outside their blooming period, like this old sakura photographed in late autumn inside the Kenroku-en Garden, Kanazawa…

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/old-sakura-tree
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Roofs and Pagoda at Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

Drastic laws limiting the height of buildings managed to protect the historical areas of Kyoto, and the entire city landscape. Here’s a photo taken in Higashiyama, with the pagoda of Kiyomizu-dera still towering over the surrounding roofs, a landscape not much changed from how it should have looked 400 years ago, when it was rebuilt last time.

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/roofs-and-pagoda-at-kiyomizu-dera-kyoto
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Himeji Castle restoration works

Last year, the restoration works at the Himeji castle were finished, after 5 years and a half. But the restoration is a very lengthy process and still continues at one of the south-west yagura turrets, which is still covered scaffolding.

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/himeji-castle-restoration-works-1
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A Japanese Song per Day: SHANK - Mighty Clash https://youtu.be/DhMSF-HWugw
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