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

by Patrick Hochner

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Ao Momiji – New Maple Leaves

After a beautiful cherry blossoms season, things slow down a bit and all is quiet for a while. Then, around the middle of the month of May, is the perfect time to look around the temples and the mountains for the maple trees having new leaves. This is a beautiful period with incredibly strong greens on the maple trees with their new leaves, all around Kyoto. 

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100 Kyoto Sights

Kyoto's top sights brought to life through the evocative words of long-term resident John Dougill and the stunning photography of Patrick Hochner. Kyoto is the birthplace of Japanese culture—a fact that is evident in every corner of the city. Japan's ancient capital is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the famous Golden Pavilion and the fortified Nijo Castle.

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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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Arashiyama – Bamboo Grove

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is one of the most popular and most photographed places 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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Magical evening at the Byodoin Temple

The Byodoin Temple in Uji is only illuminated and open to the public a few evenings a year. We were quite lucky to find out about it and see the amazing Phoenix Hall under such conditions.  Byodoin Temple is a striking example of Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) architecture.

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Misedashi in Gion Kobu

Today was a big day for a young girl. Yes, after completing her pre-apprenticeship or training for several months (sometimes up to a year), Maiko Haruchizu (Tama Okiya) has finally been introduced to the people of her Hanamachi (geisha district). This is what is called a "Misedashi" or formal introduction/debut.

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. 

Misedashi in Gion Kobu

Today was a big day for a young girl. Yes, after completing her pre-apprenticeship or training for several months (sometimes up to a year), Maiko Haruchizu (Tama Okiya) has finally been introduced to the people of her Hanamachi (geisha district). This is what is called a "Misedashi" or formal introduction/debut.

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