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A collection of photos of Kyoto, the city of a thousand temples

by Patrick Hochner

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Maiko Kimisaki – Photo Exhibition

January 15th, 2020. I am currently not in Japan and I have just heard about Maiko Kimisaki retirement!  I had the pleasure and privilege of four different photoshoots with maiko Kimisaki. I'm presenting here what I think are the best images I was able to capture of her.

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Kôyô – The Fall Foliage in Kyoto

Kôyô, the Japanese term for the fall foliage season, is a beautiful and magical time in and around Kyoto. Starting from the surrounding mountains and hills, every temple, every garden burst with a combination of yellow, orange and red colors. This photo ebook, full of suggestions and inspiration, will help you discover and enjoy the beauty hat has been admired by the Japanese people for centuries.

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Taking photos of an event, Gion Matsuri

Taking photos of any event in Kyoto obviously requires some planning. During almost the whole month of July, the Gion Matsuri keeps us busy with numerous events, ceremonies, and other happenings. Some of these are more interesting than others from a photographic point of view. Here is how I took a few photos of the "Naginata-hoko Chigo Shasan" ritual that took place in the Yasaka Jinja Shrine.

Garden, My Favorite

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Arashiyama – Bamboo Grove

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the most popular and most photographed place in the city. It's so popular, it's quite difficult to get a photo without anyone, that really capture the unique feeling of the place.

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Saimiyo-Ji Temple in Takao

Saimyo-ji is the smallest of the three temples located in Takao, a mountainous region in the northwestern edge of Kyoto. It is only an hour away from central Kyoto and is an attractive destination, mainly during the fall. 

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Maiko Kimisaki – Photo Exhibition

January 15th, 2020. I am currently not in Japan and I have just heard about Maiko Kimisaki retirement!  I had the pleasure and privilege of four different photoshoots with maiko Kimisaki. I'm presenting here what I think are the best images I was able to capture of her.

Ruriko-in Temple

This beautiful and peaceful temple is a true gem located in the north east part of the city at the bottom of Mount Hiei. Note that it is only open to the public twice a year, in the Fall and the Spring.

Award Finalist!

Weather Photographer of the Year 2019 Photo Contest - Shortlisted!  I have just received the following message from the  Royal Meteorological Society in London!  What a surprise and what an honor! Dear WPotY 2019 Entrant, I would like to inform and congratulate you on being selected for our Weather Photographer of the Year 2019 shortlist!

Kyo Kaiseki Photography

Kyo Kaiseki is Kyoto style haute cuisine. It's not just delicious food, it is an art form, balancing taste, savor, look, color, texture, and more. Every detail is well considered to create a unique and memorable experience. 

New Year’s Greeting around Kamishichiken

Taking place on January 4th, the Shin Aisatsu (新挨拶) or New Year's Greeting of the Kamishichiken Hanamachi (Geisha District) is the first "event" of the year around Kyoto's Kagai (another word for the so-called "flower town" or geisha world of Kyoto).