One festival that is not as well-known but is nevertheless very beautiful and entertaining the Kushi Matsuri, or Comb Festival, held in late September every year at the small Yasui Konpira Shrine in Kyoto. The shrine is near the Gion district of the city, which is most famous today for its many geisha houses and for the maiko who are often seen walking through the neighborhood in beautiful kimonos. During the festival, young women dress in the clothing and elaborate hairstyles of various periods from Japan’s history, after which a parade is held in front of the shrine.

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