Rich splashes of Kyoto color from Photographer Yasuhiro Ogawa

Japan’s ancient Imperial capital Kyoto is a world-renowned hub for the thousands of tourists and locals alike that flock there for its beautiful gardens, especially the springtime pastel pinks of cherry-blossom season, and in late autumn when the vibrant greens of the surrounding gardens and forests all change to a magnificent tapestry of reds, oranges, purples and browns.

For many others, it’s the grand world-heritage Buddhist temples, or rustic wooden architecture dating back hundreds of years, and traditional cuisine inherited from the former Japanese Imperial Court that brings them, all set against a stunning backdrop of snow-covered Mt Fuji in the distance.

Tokyo-based Yasuhiro Ogawa has photographed Kyoto in a series of more formal pictures that capture a mystery and intimacy often overlooked by the average visitor looking for the perfect snap to match the guidebooks.

His work is currently on show at the RICOH Imaging Square in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

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