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A Japanese Song per Day: Akeboshi - Wind
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Traditional Japanese house, Circular window

Although being a renowned component of traditional architecture, the round windows of the Japanese houses are quite rarely encountered. Called marumado or yoshinomado, they are most often used for ventilation and to provide a beautiful view, usually towards the garden.

In some cases, as in today’s photo, taken at the former Hosokawa Residence, in Kumamoto, the marumado is covered with Japanese paper, letting only the light pass. Regardless of their usage, the Japanese circular windows are a subtle design element, breaking of the monotony of straight lines and angles and creating a friendlier, more welcoming space…
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Looks like the actual window is square with the circular part added on as an external feature.  Smart; easier to do that way and lets standard shutters slide behind it.  Bet it makes for a nice highlight inside, too.
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Ancient Japanese art, Bonseki dry tray landscapes

Similar to ikebana and to the gravel raked patterns in the Zen gardens, bonseki is a fleeting art form. Miniature landscapes are skillfully drawn inside a lacquered black tray, with extreme finesse, using fine grains of sand and small pebbles. An artwork so fragile that a simple breeze could wipe it away…
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Kodokan, original Edo period school

During the Edo period, the children of the samurai elite were educated in schools organized by the government of the local domain (han). In 1860, there were 255 such hanko (han schools), and among them the Kodokan of Mito was the largest.

The hanko disappeared when the samurai class and the local domain system was abolished, but the Kodokan building was preserved until today, and it is now a welcoming museum…
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Japanese modern architecture, Hirosaki Otemon Square

Opposite to the main entrance to the Hirosaki Castle there’s a wide, modern square that borrowed its name from the castle’s gate, Otemon Square.

Built in 1990 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hirosaki city, the complex features an architecture inspired by a traditional gate. Inside, you will find a very useful Hirosaki Tourist Information Center, a souvenir shop, and a nice exhibition about local handicrafts and the Neputa Festival.

The western style building visible in the background is the Former City Library, built in 1907…
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Anime mural art in Kitakyushu, Galaxy Express 999

In some cities related to famed manga stories or authors, you may see various forms of public art inspired by the respective stories. Photographed here is one such example, a mural art in Kitakyushu representing characters of the Galaxy Express 999 series.

The city is located only 70 kilometers away from the birthplace of mangaka Leiji Matsumoto, the respected creator of Galaxy Express and many other manga and anime masterpieces.
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+Raymond Tan Ever check out the Galaxy Railway series? It's based in the same universe with some guest appearances. Overall I enjoyed them.
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Kyoto Ponto-cho, the story of a name

The Portuguese were the first westerners who arrived in Japan, in 1543, and because of the commercial exchanges many Portuguese words were borrowed by Japanese. Some of them are Bidoro (glass), that comes from “Vidro“, Pan (bread), from “Pão“, end even Igirisu (England), that comes from the Portuguese word “Inglês“.

Furthermore, traces of the Portuguese language can be found in the name of one of the most popular streets in Kyoto, Ponto-chō. Although it is written with kanji characters, 先斗町, the Ponto-chō name comes from the Portuguese “ponte” (which means bridge), combined with the Japanese term “chō“, that means block or town.
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A Japanese Song per Day: Chihiro Onitsuka - Gekkou
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A Japanese Song per Day: May'n - Shinjitemiru
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A Japanese Song per Day: ZARD - Don't You See!
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A Japanese Song per Day: AKB48 - Ippome Ondo (AKBingo! version)
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C'est très joli Lili! Merciiiii ✿ 〜( ̄▽ ̄〜)♪♪♪
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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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