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Popular Japanese food, Tendon with tempura shrimp

Originally learned 400 years ago from the Portuguese missionaries in Nagasaki, tempura is today one of the best known Japanese dishes. Prepared in a great number of varieties, with ingredients varying from fish and seafood to vegetables, tempura is one of the most popular side dishes, offering something for everybody’s taste.

My favorite? The tempura with shrimp, photographed here in a tendon (天丼) dish, a bowl of rice with tempura shrimp on top…
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Traditional shops in Horyu-ji

Many Japanese tourist spots, even the historical religious sites, are adjoined by small commercial streets featuring tea houses, coffee shops, restaurants and traditional souvenirs shops.

I like these places, they are a great opportunity to sample the regional delicacies, to buy local souvenirs and sometimes to enjoy exchanging a few words with the residents. Photographed here is the commercial street nearby the Hōryū-ji complex in Nara…
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I could roam around a place like this all day
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Kumamoto, impregnable fortress

Sprawling over an impressive area (about 1.6 by 1.2 kilometers), the Kumamoto Castle complex is a very impressive sight, yet it is a small part of its original glory. In 1607, after Kato Kiyomasa completed the castle, besides the tenshu main tower, the complex was made of 49 yagura turrets, 18 turret gates, and 29 smaller gates.

It proved to be an impregnable fortress in 1877, when it was attacked by the troops led by Saigo Takamori. After two months of siege, most of the complex burned and only one-seventh of the buildings survived, but the castle remained undefeated…
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A Japanese Song per Day: MONKEY MAJIK - Alive
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Japanese traditional architecture, Kemuridashi-yagura

Seen from a distance, a kemuridashi-yagura looks like a miniature tower built on the roof, hence the name hinting to yagura turrets.

However, this is not just a roof adornment, it is actually an opening designed to allow the dissipation of smoke. In the medieval Japan, the chimney was unknown, so the smoke was evacuated either by opening the doors or by using such a ceiling opening, photographed at the Sugiyama house in Tondabayashi Jinaimachi.
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Simply beautiful Japanese scenes, Red lanterns and the sacred bridge

Shinkyō, the Sacred Bridge of the Futarasan-jinja, Nikkō, is recognized as one of the top three traditional bridges in Japan. Crossing the Daiya River, it is located in marvelous natural surroundings, with old cedars in the background and bordered by exquisite vermilion lanterns… Simply beautiful!
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A Japanese Song per Day: Every Little Thing - Anata to
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A Japanese Song per Day: Mayday feat. Teru (GLAY) - Dancin' Dancin'
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Byakkotai, a tragic samurai story

Exactly 147 years ago, during the Boshin War, a group of 20 samurai teenagers were the protagonists of one of the most tragical pages of samurai history. They were members of the Aizu Domain Byakkotai ("White Tiger Force"), a military unit composed of young sons of Aizu samurai.

During the Battle of Aizu, while the Tsuruga castle was besieged, they were cut off from the rest of the army. While climbing to a hillside viewpoint, they saw a sight that made them believe that their castle was on fire. Believing that the lord of Aizu (Matsudaira Katamori) and their relatives were already dead, they decided to perform the seppuku ritual suicide… Actually, the battle wasn’t over and what they saw was just an unfortunate circumstance, with the flames coming from the surrounding town.

The lord of Aizu wrote on their tombstones:

幾人の 涙は石にそそぐとも その名は世々に 朽じとぞ思う
“No matter how many people wash the stones with their tears, these names will never vanish from the world.“

Every year on April 24, the Aizu-Wakamatsu city commemorates them, and the shrine photographed here was erected next to their tombs…
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A Japanese Song per Day: Seiko Matsuda - Hitomi wa Diamond
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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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