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Ogino Naoyuki

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Became more well known among those interested in geisha and their photographers thanks to a book in English with text by Komomo and a plethora of his photographs, called A Geisha's Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice. [1]

Name: 荻野NAO之 (おぎの なおゆき)
Homepage: http://www.naogino.to/index_e.html


Ogino was born in 1975 in Tokyo, and lived abroad for may years as a child, especially in Mexico. Perhaps due to spending so much time away from Japan, he developed a deep attraction to Japanese culture, especially the kimono.

In time, he was granted permission by Koito, the okaa-san of Kaden, an okiya in Miyagawa-cho, Kyoto, to photograph there. It was at Kaden that he met Komomo when she was on an apprenticeship, and they bonded as they had much in common. He left Kyoto to stay with her family in Beijing and photographer her life, as he knew she'd one day return to Kaden and become a maiko. He says that he "watched her beauty grow through training, become polished through practice, and blossom in the traditional world of the hanamachi".

In 2006, Ogino-san decided to focus solely on photography, and works mostly in documentary style. He has had exhibitions in Japan, Taiwan, New York, Mexico, China, and participated in photo festivals in China and Uzbekistan. His work focusing on Komomo's story has been published in several magazines worldwide, including France, Australia, and Netherlands.

He is a native Japanese speaker, and fluent in both Spanish and English.


  • 2006 - Japan Photographer's Union Grand Prix [Tokyo]
  • 2006 - France's Salon d'automne Exhibition
  • 2007 - France's Salon d'automne Exhibition
  • 2008 - collaborated with now-geiko Komomo on A Geisha's Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice

Arts & Media [2] [3]


  • 2006 (Mar) - Kateigaho International Edition published an article about Komomo in their 2006 Spring Issue (Vol 11) titled Today's Geisha - One Girl's Tale [4], which is filled with lovely photographs of Ogino-san's, illustrating her life, as well as a small article of how they started working together.
  • 2006 (May) - AERA. "Today's Girls Becoming Geisha". Japan.
  • 2008 (June) - Marie Claire. "Pretty Women van Japan". Netherlands.
  • 2008 (Sep) - GRAZIA. "The 21st Century Geisha Girls". Australia.
  • 2008 - "komomo" (jp), published by Kodansha International.
  • 2008 - "A Geisha's Journey - My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice" (en), published by Kodansha International.
  • 2009 (June) - Marie Claire. “Itinéraire Secret D’une Geisha”. France.
  • 2009 - "Mon Journal de geisha" (fr), published by Aubanel.
  • 2009 - "komomo - a geisha's journey" (jp), portfolio at Photo Gallery International (PGI).


  • 1998 - "Vivere" at Queretaro Private University, Mexico.
  • 1998 - "Los Charros" at Konica Plaza, Tokyo.
  • 1999 - "Different lives, Different Smile" at Cannon Salon, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Fukuoka.
  • 1999 - "Los Charros" at Nagoya Create Photo Gallery, Naogya.
  • 1999 - "私の出会った教授たち" (My Meeting the Professors (?)) at Nagoya University (photo interview)
  • 2001 - "An Impression of the CRUZ" at Konica Plaza, Tokyo, Nagoya.
  • 2003 - "CONCHEROS: The Rite and the Tradition", at Museum of Queretaro, Mexico.
  • 2003 - "名古屋のメキシコ人たちとメキシコの肖像" (Nagoya's Mexicans and Mexicans Portraits) at Nagoya City People's Gallery, Nagoya.
  • 2006 - "Scent of Tibet - Descendant of M series-" at Synchronicity Fine Arts, New York.
  • 2007 - "Impression of CRUZ" at American Club in China (ACC), China.
  • 2007 - "The girl inherited Maiko life" at Canon Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya.
  • 2007 - Pingyao International Photography Festival 2007, Pingyao, China.
  • 2007 - "The Japan in My Eyes", China.
  • 2008 - 2008 Tashkentale Photo Festival, Tashkentale, Uzbekistan.
  • 2008 - "China Japan Photography Exhibition 2008" at National Palace Museum, Beijing.

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  1. A Geisha's Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice, by Komomo & Ogino Naoyuki. ISBN: 9784770030672
  2. Wikipedia (jp)
  3. NaOyuki Ogino Homepage
  4. KIE, 2006 Spring Issue, vol 11. p86-97. ISBN:4418061088.

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