Kushi Matsuri (Comb Festival), Kyoto, Japan~ honors decorative combs used in traditional Japanese hair styling. Women wore long hair tied loosely in the back with a simple string until a flourishing economy brought out intricate hair styles with various binding/pinning techniques using hairpins/combs/bars/inserts, believed to magically endow a woman with pureness/essence of flowers. Combs expressed nearly every facet of a woman: her character, social class, religion, marriage, children.
Displaying the traditional kanzashi hair ornaments, she looks down as her assistants ensure that her shiro-maku wedding dress is hanging perfectly with creases exactly where they're supposed to be. See my Meiji Shrine set for more.