KUSHI MATSURI (Comb Festival)
Speaking of ENKIRI, breaking-off-a-bad-relationship, Yasui Konpiragu is the most famous shrine I guess. It’s always crowded with many people who want to get rid of bad relationships and wish for good ones to come.
The other day, I visited the shrine to see the KUSHI MATSURI. It’s a ceremony expressing gratitude for old used combs and KANZASHI (hair ornaments) by dedicating them in KUSHIZUKA (grave mound for combs) after the purification.
Kushi is such a symbolic item for women indeed. After the ceremony, beautiful ladies dressed in costumes and hairstyles unique to each Japanese era parade around the GION district.
I thanked and said goodbye to my old comb, feeling my girlishness was strengthen up by watching such a gorgeous parade of pretty ladies.