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A festival featuring traditional Japanese women’s hairstyles and clothing

Kushi Matsuri (Comb Festival)

September 26th, 2016
(The 4th Monday of September, every year)
Kushi Matsuri (Comb Festival)
This event showcases Japanese women’s hairstyles and clothing, as they have transformed from antiquity to the present day. Women modeling a wide array of hairstyles and clothes will participate in a ceremony at Yasui Shrine, before forming a procession through the Gion district. The event concludes with a show inside the shrine. Come enjoy the intricate hairstyles and dazzling clothes.
Feel free to take pictures. The event will be packed, so please be mindful of your surroundings.
* Tickets fo...morer the 55th show (2015) have sold out. From 2016 onward, this is scheduled to become a free event, so no tickets will be necessary.
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This festival is with a 55-year tradition and it is interesting to see various kinds of combs with beautiful ladies! Particularly recommended for those who are interested in fashion and beauty!
Parade of period customs
Parade of period customs
47 female models will form a procession through the Gion district, decked out in fashions and hairstyles from all different eras. The parade is around 30 to 45 minutes long.
* Will be canceled in the event of rain.
The models’ hairstyles and accessories
The models’ hairstyles and accessories
The models’ hair is beautifully styled with cute, colorful accessories. If you have an eye for detail, you can spot many different styling methods.
Offering of worn out combs
Let's join !
Offering of worn out combs
The event begins with a memorial ceremony for old combs at Yasui Shrine. If you bring along an old comb and hand it in at the entrance, it can have a memorial ceremony.
Watch the models’ fashion show
Let's join !
Watch the models’ fashion show
During the show, the models will walk across the stage, while a commentator explains their costumes and the period background. The show is about two hours long.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
Do not touch the female models even too close to them.
Be careful cars, bicycles and more when you take some photos.
Kushi Matsuri (Comb Festival) Appearance Photo
Kushi Matsuri (Comb Festival)
Phone +81 75-561-5127
Address 70, Shimobentencho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0823
Directions 10-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Station.
Event time 12:00 ~
Cancellations Canceled due to rain
Notes Please be mindful of the people and cars around you when taking pictures. Also, please remain quiet during the ceremony.
Fee Free
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Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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A simple English language guide will be available.
Information English
Languages spoken Japanese only
Other English website available.
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