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Taking photos of an event, Gion Matsuri

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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Hanami Party, Maruyama Koen

Hanami Party, Maruyama Koen

In Japan, Spring is a very special time for everybody. Sure, it’s first and foremost the season of Cherry Blossom. But it’s much more than that. It’s in April that most businesses start their fiscal year. It’s in April that all schools or universities start. And of course, it’s in April that the nature cycle restarts, with flowers popping out of trees everywhere.

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Maiko and Geiko Photo Shoot

Maiko and Geiko Photo Shoot

Like numerous people living in or visiting Kyoto, one of my favorite photography subjects are the beautiful maiko, or apprentice geisha. Sure, there are a number of ways to catch a photo of one of them walking down a street, but this is more than uncertain — good luck as well as a good dose of patience are always necessary.

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Finding a different subject

Finding a different subject

When visiting temples and garden, the subject is not always the famous tourist spot. Sure, like everyone else, I am always trying my best to capture the beauty of Kyoto’s best and most famous places, but more and more, as a travel photographer, the people is what attract me most.

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Shirabyoshi Dancer, Gion Matsuri

Shirabyoshi Dancer, Gion Matsuri

The Gion Matsuri is Kyoto’s (and even Japan’s) largest festival. It goes for the entire month of July and, in addition to the main event, the grand procession of floats on July 17, it is a unique opportunity to see a number of Japanese traditions, religious processions, dances, music, historical costumes, etc.

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Yabusame Shinji at Shimogamo Shrine

Yabusame Shinji at Shimogamo Shrine

Once a year on the 3rd of May, the Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto hosts a display of Yabusame – or Japanese mounted archery. In order to be able to take photos, we preferred to attend the rehearsal that took place the day before….

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Maiko & Momiji 2016

Maiko & Momiji 2016

Twice a year, the association PPK (Photo Partner Kyoto) organizes a public photo shoot in a temple or a garden with Geiko and Maiko. These are rare opportunities and are very popular. Indeed, they manage to pack and organize a couple of hundreds excited photographers around five models and a bunch of assistants and other staff.

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Kuromontsuki Kimonos

Kuromontsuki Kimonos

If you walked around one of Kyoto’s Hanamachi (flower town or Geisha District), early January, you may have seen Maiko and Geiko beautifully dressed in their formal black “Kuromontsuki” kimono, and wearing a real rice stalk “kanzashi” or ornamental hairpin. Around, you also probably saw hordes of photographers, ready to capture a photo of this event.

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Full Bloom Capture

Full Bloom Capture

Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer and more pleasant every day. But this year, the cherry blossom season was quite late — at least one week! It’s finally starting, and the trees are blossoming around the city. We went for a tour this morning and instead of just taking a photo of some of these flowers, I tried to capture these in a different way.

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Photographer’s Guide to KYOTO

Photographer’s Guide to KYOTO

This 94-page e-book gives you the best and broadest coverage of Kyoto’s most photogenic locations. The book includes a chapter on the Bucket List locations followed by chapters on different regions. The book includes over 100 photographs, maps, suggested itineraries and planning essentials, as well as photographer-specific details and insider tips on photographic challenges and opportunities at the more than 40 locations introduced.

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Junsei Nanzen-Ji Restaurant

Junsei Nanzen-Ji Restaurant

Junsei serves “yudofu”, or boiled tofu in English, a popular dish around Nanzen-Ji and around Arashiyama. People say that these two places produce different Yudofu tasting differently. This one, “Junsei”, is the perfect exemple of what to expect from Nanzen-Ji.

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  • Photographer’s Guide to KYOTO

    This 94-page e-book gives you the best and broadest coverage of Kyoto’s most photogenic locations. The book includes a chapter on the Bucket List locations followed by chapters on different regions. The book includes over 100 photographs, maps, suggested itineraries and planning essentials, as well as photographer-specific details and insider tips on photographic challenges and opportunities at the more than 40 locations introduced.

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