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A Japanese Song per Day: Matsu Takako - 500 miles
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A Japanese Song per Day: Fujiwara Sakura - Kawaii
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A Japanese Song per Day: Maon Kurosaki - Kimi To Taiyou Ga Shinda Hi
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A Japanese Song per Day: Judy And Mary - Over Drive
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Ginza pedestrian paradise

One of the most visited neighborhoods in Tokyo, the posh and colorful Ginza reaches it peak on every Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays, when between noon and 5PM the street is closed off to traffic and becomes a pedestrian paradise.

Towards the end of the day, on the warm light of the sunset, without cars and with all the billboards lit, it became a really beautiful cityscape…

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Toro nagashi, floating paper lanterns

If you visit Japan around the end of summer, you may witness the Tōrō nagashi custom, when dozens of colorful paper lanterns are set to float on lakes or rivers. At the first sight, it seems like a cheerful ceremony, however the tradition’s meaning is somehow somber.

During the Obon Buddhist festival, it is considered that the souls of the dead ancestors are returning home. At the end of the Obon celebrations, these souls need to return back, and the floating paper lanterns are guiding them towards their world…

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Atsuta Jingu

Established 1900 years ago, the Atsuta Jingu in Nagoya is the second most important shrine in Japan, after the Ise Jingu.

Similar to Ise Jingu, which preserves the mirror Yata-no-Kagami, one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan, Atsuta Jingu also preserves a sacred treasure, the sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi.

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Kurama-dera Niomon gate

While in Kyoto, if you’ll visit Mount Kurama, while approaching Kurama-dera you will first see the temple’s Niomon gate, photographed here. This lovely alley, lined by red lanterns, continues beyond the gate, beautifully harmonized with the green forest…

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Yokohama Minato Mirai Super Planet Ride

I love amusement parks, but I don’t have the courage to ride a roller coaster and I feel unsure even about some flat rides. However, I love Ferris wheels, especially after sunset. Anyway, while visiting the Cosmo World, in the Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama, I admired from afar the dazzling Super Planet Ride and this spectacular view with the skyscrapers in the background…

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Shinto shrines, Gokoku

Most Shinto shrines are dedicated to one or more deities (kami), but there’s also a special category dedicated to great personalities or to honor the victims of wars. They are called Gokoku and are considered shrines for the protection of the nation.

The somber but beautiful Gokoku Shrine of Hiroshima, photographed here, was originally built in 1869, to honor the members of the Hiroshima clan who lost their life during the Boshin civil war.

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Japanophile, travel writer, photographer
Passionate about Japan, travel and photography 
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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