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Lili Florea (Muza-chan)
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Japanophile, travel writer, photographer
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Uwajima Castle main keep

The architect of the Uwajima castle was Tōdō Takatora, a daimyō with a great experience in building and repairing castles. His castels were designed to take full advantage of the terrain and in the case of the Uwajima castle the main keep (tenshu) was built on the top of a steep hill, surrounded by tall stone walls.

The keep was built in s style called sotogata, considered to be the invention of Takatora, with the floors having the same shape, but each story being smaller than the one bellow it. It was cheaper and faster to build a castle in this way, and the construction was also more resistant..

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/uwajima-castle-2
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Ozu Castle landscape

I wrote before about the beautiful landscape surrounding the Ōzu castle. Photographed here is another view of the castle, taken from the train station, with a landscape that seems to be a diorama…

https://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/ozu-castle-landscape
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A Japanese Song per Day: NGT48 - Seishun Dokei https://youtu.be/n-iXRXpfVTs

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Sengan-en, Edo period Japanese garden

Among the most valuable Japanese gardens, the southernmost is Sengan-en, in Kagoshima, a traditional garden made during the Edo period for the residence of the Shimazu clan. Due to the subtropical climate, besides the usual elements Sengan-en also features plants such as palm trees, and several exotic tropical species.

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/sengan-en-edo-period-japanese-garden
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Niojima Island

Made of sedimentary rocks, the islands of Matsushima Bay were eroded by waves, wind and rain, and thus some of them have been shaped in unusual forms.

In many cases, the locals named them inspired by the shape, and that’s the case of the small island photographed here, called Niojima, because it is said to look like the statue of a Nio guardian, a type of deity often placed at the entrance of a Japanese Buddhist temple.

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/niojima-island
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Simply beautiful Japanese scenes, Imabari castle reflection

Surrounded on all sides by wide moats filled with water, the Imabari castle offers an astonishing view, especially on a windless day, when the reflections on the water are almost perfect… Simply beautiful!

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/simply-beautiful-japanese-scenes-imabari-castle-reflection
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A Japanese Song per Day: Utada Hikaru - Sakura Drops https://youtu.be/mlwCZm2MQbQ

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Maruoka Castle Park, one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots

The list of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots was compiled by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association, and includes well known places, many of them with historic value, visited during Hanami by large number of people. And of course, all of them have a high density of spectacular sakura cherry trees, as you can see in this photo taken in the Maruoka Castle Park.

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/maruoka-castle-park-one-of-japan-s-top-100-cherry-blossom-spots
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A Japanese Song per Day: Fukuyama Masaharu - Sakurazaka https://youtu.be/uj02QiKsK9c

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Keifuku, a railway winding between Sakura cherry trees

I wrote a week ago about the Kyoto Railway Museum and their steam locomotive surrounded by blooming sakura trees. Also in Kyoto, on the Keifuku line, you can enjoy another spectacular image of trains passing by blossoming sakura.

On a 200 meters long stretch of line between Narutaki and Utano Stations, there are no less than 70 beautiful cherry trees, lining the rail and creating a tunnel of flowers…

http://muza-chan.net/japan/index.php/blog/keifuku-a-railway-winding-between-sakura-cherry-trees
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