Yasui Konpira-gu is a popular temple located in Kyoto which enshrines three deities, namely, Emperor Sutoku, Oomono-no-nushi, and Minamoto no Yorimasa. A unique and beautiful festival, Kushi Matsuri is held here; a festival which offers thanks to hair ornaments and combs which are a pivotal point of beauty in Japanese traditional women’s wear. Held annually on the fourth Monday of September, a procession of women will start from the Gion area, hair done in a wide variety of styles and wearing clothes of different periods spanning more than 1,300 years of history. Along with models sporting various periods’ hairstyles, real Maiko will join the parade. Amazingly, all these hairstyles are accomplished by that person’s natural hair! The Kushi Zuka (Comb Mound) in the precincts of the shrine was built to hold a memorial service for old combs.