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Welcome to My Kyoto Photography!

Welcome to the old capital of Japan, the city of more than 1,000 temples, a photographer's paradise.  I've been calling Kyoto home for a few years now, and I'm pleased to share my interest and my love for this fabulous city.

Naginata Boko float, Gion Matsuri

The Naginata Boko float is the only one having a real child as a divine messenger (chigo) on board along with two child-ministrants. Since ancient times, this float has never drawn lots to decide its position and is always leads the procession.

Honen-In Temple

This is definitely one of my favorite temples in Kyoto. Honen-in, is small, only fully opens twice a year for a short one-week period, but it is a very special place for its atmosphere and its calm beauty. Its entrance gate is quite spectacular especially during the autumn leaf season and is worth a visit by itself.

Yasaka-no-To Pagoda

A lone pagoda rising overlooking the floating world of Gion below, Yasaka-no-To Pagoda is a lovely sight by day or night.
While most pagodas come complete with temples, Yasaka-no-to Pagoda stands mostly alone, the buildings of the temple of which it once belonged (Hokan-ji Temple) having been destroyed by fires, earthquakes and wars over the years.

Togetsukyo Bridge illuminated, Arashiyama

This event only lasts for 10 days and only takes place once a year! I didn’t want to miss it, even with the poor weather we’ve been having lately.
The whole area of the Togetsukyo Bridge is illuminated. . .

Aoi Matsuri Festival

The Aoi Matsuri (葵祭) is one of Kyoto’s three most famous festivals (along with the Gion Matsuri and the Jidai Matsuri) and takes place every May 15th. There are a number of ceremonies held around the Shimogamo Shrine, but the festival’s main attraction is a large parade in Kyoto, starting from the Gosho Park.



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