Festival for geisha hairstyles

The classic-looking hairstyle you see on geisha in Kyoto, etc., is usually called Shimada-ryu. Why is it called “Shimada-ryu?” One leading theory says that it originated in Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture. Based on this assumption, they hold the annual Shimada Mage (topknot) Matsuri in mid-September in Shimada. A group of local beauticians don their real hair (or sometimes a wig) in

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