Mar. 26, 2019 UPDATE

Kushi Matsuri (Comb Festival)

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PeriodThe 4th Monday of September, every year
A festival to showcase traditional Japanese women’s hairstyles and clothing
This event showcases Japanese women’s hairstyles and clothing as they transformed from antiquity to present day. Women modeling a wide array of hairstyles and clothing 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 of the women. Also feel free to take pictures of the event too. The event is often crowded, so please be mindful of your surroundings.
Parade of period customs
Parade of period customs
47 female models form a procession through the Gion district, dressed up in fashions and hairstyles from all different eras. The parade lasts around 30 to 45 minutes. *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
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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
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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 or get too close. 
Mind cars, bicycles and others when taking photos.

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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!
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Kushi Matsuri (Comb Festival) / 櫛まつり
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.
Price range
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A simple English language guide will be available.
Information English
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
Other English website available.

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