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

by Patrick Hochner

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Maiko Koyori eBook

In Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, there remains a secret world that has changed very little since the Edo period - the "Hanamachi" (花街) or "flowers town". This is where you'll find old "okiya" (geisha houses) and "ochaya" (tea houses) where the geisha still live and work in the old traditional Japanese way. This is where I met Koyori san...

Shrine

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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 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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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.

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Geiko Toshiemi – Photos Exhibition

Toward the end of February 2021, I heard that the popular geiko Toshiemi san was about to retire. This was surprising news about one of the most popular Geiko of the Miyagawa-Cho Kagai. I promptly asked around and received confirmation of her decision to leave. I was then lucky to be able to arrange for the last photoshoot with her. This took place on the 2nd of March, the day she actually retired. Geiko Toshiemi was wearing a beautiful pink kimono...

Maiko Koyori eBook

In Kyoto, the old capital of Japan, there remains a secret world that has changed very little since the Edo period - the "Hanamachi" (花街) or "flowers town". This is where you'll find old "okiya" (geisha houses) and "ochaya" (tea houses) where the geisha still live and work in the old traditional Japanese way. This is where I met Koyori san...

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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