29 Nov 2021 - 10 Apr 2022



10.00 - 7.00 PM

10.00 - 9.00 PM

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5 mins walk from Raffles Place MRT Station (Exit H)

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Singaporeans & Permanent Residents | Free

Foreign Residents & Tourists | $20 (All-access admission to ACM, includes Russel Wong in Kyoto and #SGFashionNow)

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Extended by popular demand!


ACM's expanded Russel Wong in Kyoto displays 37 additional black and white prints and several new colour images from the photographer’s ongoing personal project to document the geisha community of Kyoto. This new selection sheds further light on rarely seen and lesser-known traditions of this private community. The images tell stories of traditional and contemporary Japan, revealing how one often merges into the other.

Over 70 black-and-white photographs illustrate customs and traditions of geishas – called "geiko" in Kyoto. The tea ceremony, dance, dressing up, and the lesser known Erikae ceremony, a two-week process where a maiko (geiko in training) prepares herself to become a geiko, are explored. The extension of this special exhibition allows visitors another chance to dive deeper into Kyoto’s culture, and celebrates Russel Wong’s gift of all the photographs in the show to ACM and the Singapore National Collection.





Higashiyama ward, Kyoto 2011
Archival pigment print on photo rag

The many new prints on display include one showing the practice of ohaguro (teeth blackening) with kanemizu solution, an old Japanese tradition that signifies a coming of age. Here, Geiko Sayaka sports ohaguro during her Erikae ceremony.

Photo courtesy of Russel Wong


Geiko Katsukiyo

Geiko Katsukiyo
Kamigyō ward, Kyoto
Archival pigment print on photo rag

This is Geiko Katsukiyo, who was recognised as the oldest geiko in Kyoto at the time of this photo. She passed away in 2016 at the age of 88. She was famous for her skill at classical dance and playing the shamisen.

Photo courtesy of Russel Wong


View of Mountain

Shoden-ji Temple
Kita ward, Kyoto
Archival pigment print on photo rag

Shoden-ji is a temple of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism, one of three sects of Zen in Japan. It was established in 1268 and has a beautiful view of Mt Hiei, which rises to the northeast of the city.

Photo courtesy of Russel Wong



The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between Russel Wong, and the Asian Civilisations Museum.




Edo Kyoto publication cover
Life in Edo x Russel Wong in Kyoto
Clement Onn, Christine Guth, Charmaine Toh
ISBN: 978-981-18-0680-3
Hard/soft cover, 360 pages
SGD 75 (including GST)

Available for purchase at the museum shop or online at Read a Book.
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