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Daigo-Ji Temple

Daigo-Ji (醍醐寺) is an important temple of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism and a designated Unesco world heritage site. The large temple complex stands southeast of central Kyoto and includes an entire mountainside.

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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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Higashi Otani Mantoe Festival

Obon (お盆) is the Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to their family places and visit and clean their ancestors’ graves.  During this time, the ancestor’s spirits are supposed to revisit the household altars.

Heavy rain over the Hanamachi

We have just spent a couple of days with a typhoon and therefore a lot of rain. This remained me of a photo I recently captured of Maiko Kikusana protecting herself from the rain with a traditional Japanese Wagasa umbrella in one of Kyoto Hanamachi or Geisha District. 

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Hassaku in Gion

The first of August is a very special day in Kyoto’s various Geisha Districts, and especially so in Gion. Named after a term that designates the first day of the eighth month of the ancient Japanese calendar, Gion’s Hassaku is a special opportunity to see many of the “Geiko” and “Maiko” from Japan’s most renowned “Hanamachi” or geisha district wearing their most beautiful attire.

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Katsuyama Hairstyle for Gion Matsuri

A lot of specific details related to the Gion Matsuri can be seen all around Kyoto during the month of July.  One of these is the way every senior maiko styles her hair in the Katsuyama hairstyle during the time of the festival.

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Photoshoot with Maiko Fukuharu

One of the advantages of the photoshoot organized on a small scale by smaller company or individuals is the small number of photographers. With only a few fellow photographers around, everyone has a chance to direct the model and compose and create his or her image.

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Aisatsu Mawari in Miyagawa-Cho

One of the things that make Kyoto so diverse, so interesting and so easy to discover is the way so many events take place without surprise, at a given date, a given time at a specific place, a famous temple or an unknown shrine, because this is the way it’s been for a very long time.

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