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

by Patrick Hochner

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One day during the fall

Friday, November 24th. The weather is just wonderful. It's somehow fresh, but the sky is blue and the luminosity more than promising. We decide to make a tour and try to capture a few photos.  The Kôyô season (fall foliage) has been at its peak for a few days now...

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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.

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Heavy rain over the Hanamachi

We have just spent a couple of days with a typhoon and therefore a lot of rain. This remained me of a photo I recently captured of Maiko Kikusana protecting herself from the rain with a traditional Japanese Wagasa umbrella in one of Kyoto Hanamachi or Geisha District. 

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Jingo-Ji Temple in Takao

Takao is a thinly populated, mountainous area with three historic temples along its forested valley, a one-hour bus ride north of central Kyoto, and a perfect day trip outside the city. Worth a visit at any time of the year, Takao becomes most popular during the autumn leaf season, which usually peaks around mid-November.

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Before the “Erikae”

I was quite lucky to be able to capture this photo of Maiko Koume wearing the Sakkô hairstyle and a formal black kimono. Together, these are signs that she's about to become a Geiko.  

Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion

I love this photograph of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. It's almost a black and white photograph except for the gold of the temple. The snow adds to the delicacy of the image and helps to exude a wintery atmosphere. by Sue Barr, Expert judge for the contest

Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion

I love this photograph of the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. It's almost a black and white photograph except for the gold of the temple. The snow adds to the delicacy of the image and helps to exude a wintery atmosphere. by Sue Barr, Expert judge for the contest

Kaiseki Cuisine

The rice is the last dish of a Kyo Kaiseki dinner (Kyoto Haute Cuisine). As usual, it is perfect, first visually and then with its flavor and taste. A dinner at Mitsuyasu is always a wonderful discovery!

Higashi Otani Mantoe Festival

Obon (お盆) is the Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to their family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves.  During this time, the ancestor’s spirits are supposed to revisit the household altars.