“An insider look of Kyoto Geisha World”
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2023. 4 15~ 5.14
1 4 : 0 0 – 1 9 : 0 0 無 休 /入 場 無 料
Patrick started taking photos in his native Alsace, France, when he was 14, using the family bathroom as his darkroom. At about the same time, he started traveling and has never stopped since. He has visited over 100 countries around the world, combining his passion for photography with the enjoyment of travels and discoveries. Arriving in Japan in the late 1970s, he has since called Japan home for over 30 years.
He and his wife Akiko have fallen in love with Kyoto, the old imperial capital, and for the last eight years, they lived a good part of their time in Kyoto. Patrick has discovered the Kagai (Flowers Town) and has become fascinated by this secret world of tradition, beauty, and elegance. He is now concentrating on documenting Kyoto’s geisha districts with his camera.
Gion Higashi Ochaya
April 15 to May 14, 2023
From 1 4 : 0 0 – 1 9 : 0 0 Every day, Free entrance
〒605-0062 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Rinkachō, 428
花街の環境 - The Kagai EnvironmentIn this last room, we presented a few photos captured in the streets of the Kagai, the flower town or geisha district, the area where geiko and maiko are licensed to work in. Maiko in full regalia on their way to their evening engagement...
坪庭 - Tsubo Niwa (Courtyard Garden)Just three photos in our little "Tsubo Niwa" or courtyard garden. This garden is located in the "service area" of the Ochaya. The actual entrance of the house is just behind the stairs you used to go down, at the back of the building....
顔 - FacesA selection of portraits of maiko (and one geiko)... Look at the twelve faces you have in front of you. They are all maiko, but you can easily see some obvious differences between them. Some only have the lower lip painted in red (or even only part of the...
舞い - DancingDancing is probably one of the main skills a maiko has to acquire. They will practice almost every day for four or five years before becoming a geiko. And then after that, they will continue to practice even more. Japanese traditional dance or "Nihon Buyo"...
黒紋付着物 Kuromontsuki KimonoKuromontsuki Kimono Room Lit. “Black Crested Garment”, the most formal kimono that is worn during special occasions such as weddings, tea ceremonies, and other formal events. "Kuro" means black, while "montsuki" refers to the pattern on the...
Elegance in the rain 雨の中の優雅さElegance in the rain A young maiko (geisha apprentice) protects herself from heayy rain with a traditional “Bangasa”, a waxed paper umbrella, while walking in Hanamachi or Flower Town, one of the geisha districts in Kyoto, Japan. It...
Entrance - Introduction The Story behind this exhibition Patrick Hochner began taking photographs in his native Alsace (France) when he was 14, using the family bathroom as his darkroom. At about the same time, he became interested in traveling and has visited over...