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Senso-ji Main Hall during the golden hour

At the beginning of the Edo Period, Senso-ji was already famous in Edo, but its fame and power grew after the first Tokugawa shogun declared it tutelary temple of the Tokugawa clan. Later, in 1648, the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, erected a new Main Hall, a new pagoda and a new Hozomon Gate, all of them larger and more impressive than the previous.

All of them were destroyed during the 1945 bombings, but 13 years later they were rebuilt with donations raised from all over the country. Several years ago, the spectacular Senso-ji Main Hall, was renovated and it is now a lot more disaster-safe, featuring a titanium roof which is 5 times lighter than the traditional Japanese kawara-tiled roof.
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Hanami, the flower viewing tradition

Hanami, the “flower viewing” festival (from hana 花 “flower” and mi 見 “to see"), is a thousand-years-old tradition, begun when the Japanese aristocracy started a sort of garden parties under the blossoming cherry trees, with food, drinks and poem recitations…

What hanami means today? The most beautiful part is that hanami can mean whatever you like… It’s a blend of spirituality and fun, you can enjoy a stroll under the blooming trees, you can sing, dance, eat and drink with your friends. And that’s why, during this period, lots of food stalls are installed close to the popular hanami venues…
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I like this idea... wish we had something similar here!
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A Japanese Song per Day: Ureshii Hina Matsuri
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Happy Hina Matsuri!

The Japanese festival Hina Matsuri (Dolls Festival), like many other Japanese festivals, has both a spiritual and an aesthetic quality. The spiritual significance of Hina Matsuri is to purify and to ward off the bad luck, and its origins are in a very old tradition called Hina-Nagashi. The old belief was that by rubbing the body with a human shaped paper doll, the bad luck was transferred to the doll, which was then thrown in a running stream of water.

Over the years, as the tradition evolved, the dolls were made more and more sophisticated and the Hina Dolls are now the epitome of Japanese refinement…
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Gracias Lili, interesante información.
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A Japanese Song per Day: Ami Suzuki - Alone in my room
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A Japanese Song per Day: LOKA - From Yesterday
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So loving this one, it almost reminds me of avenge 7 fold
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A Japanese Song per Day: AKB48 - Sakura no Hanabiratachi
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A Japanese Song per Day: BRADIO - Flyers
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The second highest open-air Observation Deck in Japan

One of the most beautiful skyscraper observatories in Japan is located in Nagoya, close to the Nagoya railway station, inside the Toyota-Mainichi Building (also known as Midland Square).

The last three floors are joined to create the Sky Promenade, an open-air glass atrium offering an astonishing 220 meters tall bird’s eye view over the city. Today, this is the second highest open-air observation deck in Japan, surpassed only by the newer Abeno Harukas of Osaka…
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A Japanese Song per Day: Vividblaze - Tight Rope
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The Cherry blossoms wave, Sakura Zensen

The islands composing Japan span from the 24th to the 46th parallel north, covering from northeast to southwest a distance of more than 3000 kilometers. Therefore, the climate varies from subtropical to temperate, and the cherry blossoms season begins in mid January in Okinawa, ending at the beginning of May in Hokkaido.

For Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku, it is known that the cherry blossoms full bloom period takes place between mid March and mid April. However, for better precision, the Japanese Meteorological Agency publishes every year the date of cherry blossoms first bloom forecast (Sakura Zensen). The data used for forecasting comes from a sophisticated statistical analysis of 59 sakura cherry trees located in various areas around the country.

This year, the first bloom will take place on March 22nd in Nagasaki, on March 26th in Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka and on April 24th in Aomori…
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Defining images of Japan, thousands of Origami Cranes

Origami, the Japanese paper folding art, was first historically mentioned three hundred years ago, but it is known that paper folding was used for religious ceremonies as far as 1400 years ago.

The most famous origami model is certainly the paper crane. In the Japanese mythology, the crane is a fantastic being which is said to live one thousand years. Therefore senbazuru, a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings, is one of the strongest good luck charms and is offered as a gift of childbirth (for long life and good luck) and at weddings (for a thousand years of happiness). And another beautiful popular belief is that the cranes will grant healing from illness to any person who will fold 1000 origami cranes…
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Japanophile, travel writer, photographer
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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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