Mar. 26, 2019 UPDATE
Kushi Matsuri (Comb Festival) - 櫛まつり -
Traveler Friendly
A simple English language guide will be available.
Information
English
Languages spoken
Japanese only
PeriodThe 4th Monday of September, every year
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Mar. 26, 2019 UPDATE

Kushi Matsuri (Comb Festival)

- 櫛まつり -
Traveler Friendly
A simple English language guide will be available.
Information
English
Languages spoken
Japanese only
1183 3 --- 0 reviews
PeriodThe 4th Monday of September, every year
Story & Recommendation
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.
1Highlight
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.
2Highlight
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.
3Let's join!
Offering of worn out combs
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.
4Let's join!
Watch the models’ fashion show
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 -
Do not touch the female models or get too close. 
Mind cars, bicycles and others when taking photos.

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