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

by Patrick Hochner

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Hanami – Cherry Blossoms Viewing in Japan

The cherry blossoms hold a special place in the heart of the Japanese people. These elusive little flowers known as sakura have a deeper meaning in Japan where, as the country’s national flower, they have become a cultural icon known around the world. For photographers, the subject is varied and offers unlimited options.

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Hanami – Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

With over 200 photos, this photo ebook will not only show you the beauty of the cherry blossoms in Kyoto but will explain and describe the way the Japanese people enjoy this season. It will provide you with information and suggestions to discover and enjoy this most wonderful period. . .

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 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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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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Hanami 2020 – Photos Exhibition

This year's cherry blossoms season has started even earlier than last year. I've heard it started ten days earlier than usual! And this year is a special one for the planet. Because of the current pandemic, there are very few people around Kyoto. But we are lucky to not have many confirmed cases of this terrible virus and the cherries are blooming all around.  Here's a series of recent photos taken around the city over the second half of March.    

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.