Kyoto by Night

Kiyomizudera is equally stunning at night when the light-up show is on. The staff in charge of the lighting did an amazing job to make the autumn colours pop even at night. I love how the orange colour of the leaves combines with the cold blue of that light beam in the sky.

Sometimes Less Is More

I am particularly drawn to black and white images lately. It's curious how removing colour information can actually bring so much depth in a photo. In this particular case, I could have shown off the beautiful autumn foliage of this Japanese temple but I thought black and white was equally suitable to convey how peaceful ...

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Komyoji

Even though the peak of the Autumn season had already passed in Kyoto, it was still possible to find some incredible places such as Komyoji (光明寺), where colours were ranging from green to yellow, orange and vivid red. When taking photos in Kyoto, the challenge is to get a clean shot without anyone in the ...

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Lost in Time

When wandering in the streets of Sannenzaka in Kyoto, it's easy to believe you've been projected back in time. The wooden houses and the tiles on the pavement, although renovated, are quite effective at making you expect crossing path with a samurai. If you are lucky, you might see a maiko-san (an apprentice geisha) furtively ...

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When Discovering Simple Pleasures

When I was in France, I had never pictured myself being able to sit down at a window to simply look at trees. Maybe I was too young and impatient, lacking the maturity to enjoy a beautiful piece of nature. However living in Japan changed my perspectives and I am now the one feeling sorry ...

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Achieving Balance

There is really something fascinating about Japan. Everywhere, you can see its attention to perfection, the harmony and the balance, the respect for others and for nature, etc. It's not just to be keep appearances like a superficial smile to someone, it's rooted deep down in the culture and in people. When I look at ...

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A Glimpse of Beauty

I was impressed by this elegant and powerful room in Kyoto. That half-opened sliding door creates a gap just wide enough to let you enjoy a subtle splash of autumn colours while enticing your hunger for more. It leaves you torn between the desire to see what else is behind those doors and the knowledge ...

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Four Views

This photo was taken in one my favorite temples in Kyoto. It's not only one of the most serene and elegant ones I know of, it also seems almost completely unknown to the public. I was therefore able to peacefully take photos without having to battle with dozens of other tourists! This particular room has ...

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The Temple of Pure Water

Kiyiomizudera, one of the major temples in Kyoto "floats" over red autumn foliage thanks to its stage built on wooden pillars, bringing it about 12 meters high over the ground. This year's red foliage wasn't actually the most impressive one. It had suddenly got cold then the temperature rose again, preventing the leaves from turning ...

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Red Carpet

The grandiose stairs to the Bishamondou temple were covered by red maple leaves freshly fallen after a rainy day. I strongly recommend this location for autumn leaves, not only because of this beautiful sight but also because this temple is somehow less visited than others and it is one of the rare ones where you ...

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Sanzenin, Kyoto

One of my favourite temples in Kyoto, Sanzenin is a little far from the centre of Kyoto but you would be mistaken not to ride the bus for an hour to visit this beautiful temple. From the moss garden and its cute statues, to the peaceful resting area where you can have a cup of ...

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