Day to remember

A bride is helped with her traditional wedding costume for memorial photos with her groom, left, just after their marriage at Meiji shrine in Tokyo on Saturday.

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    Tessa

    Beautiful pic, I just love wedding photos. But the groom looks like a teenager!

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    southsakai

    Great picture. Wedding are wonderful! Sad so many end up in divorce.

    Tessa most of the time Japanese men look much younger than their actual age just like their female counterparts.

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    sensei258

    Another living example of the culture of Japan

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    Vernie Jefferies

    It's always wonderful treat to catch a glimpse of a wedding party when you are near a temple.

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    Tamarama

    That is a very good photo. The gaze of the bride and groom make it.

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    realteacher

    It's a MEMORIAL photo... who died?

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    GaijinVader

    Amazing photograph. Very well done.

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    oikawa

    most of the time Japanese men look much younger than their actual age just like their female counterparts.

    Well, until about 40, when they age 40 years in a day and start looking about 20 years older than their actual age.

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    Disillusioned

    Wedding are wonderful! Sad so many end up in divorce.

    That's an oxymoron. Divorce creates more weddings, doesn't it?

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    americangio

    I've really appreciate the politeness of the lady without shoes on the carpet..

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    paulinusa

    Over the years I have witnessed many wedding processions at the Meiji shrine and it's still a fascinating spectacle to see. Foreign tourists and native Japanese with cameras out, cries of "Good Luck". Great atmosphere in a beautiful setting.

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    BertieWooster

    Disillusioned,

    That's an oxymoron. Divorce creates more weddings, doesn't it?

    "No woman, no cry."

    (R.Marley)

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    BertieWooster

    Interesting that the bride in the photo above is wearing a "tsunokakushi."

    The tsunokakushi (tsuno (=horns) kakushi(=hide)) is the traditional Japanese wedding headwear for the bride that she wears to hide her horns of jealousy, ego and selfishness. It also symbolizes her resolve to become a gentle and obedient wife.

    There doesn't seem to be any equivalent garment for the groom.

    I suppose Japanese grooms don't have horns or any other bad points.

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    Brainiac

    I don't think I have ever seen a Japanese bridal couple at a traditional wedding ceremony smile. It's supposed to be one of the happiest days of their lives.

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    irishosaru

    I got married like this, except in Kamakura, I remember that a crowd gathered around us during the ceremony (one of a number at the sme shrine that day), and pareted as we walked off, with a round of applause. An extra bonus on an already special day.

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    Athletes

    bride that she wears to hide her horns of jealousy

    It is interesting post. The groom is boyish and bride looks old enough to be his Aunty. History has showed youthful men will make their wives getting insecure and Jealous. Anyway I wish them to celebrate many wedding anniversaries.

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    Mio Kimura

    This reminds me of my daughter's wedding in Kyoto three years ago. Wataboshi, the style of the bride's silk floss headdress seems more popular than the one called Tsunokakushi that I had worn long time ago. All the best for the young couple!*

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    gogogo

    Never understood the Japanese lamp shade hats

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    Takumi Saito

    The man is so handsome <3

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    Yubaru

    Never understood the Japanese lamp shade hats

    Culture.

  • 3

    mangosqueezesbanana

    • a part of Japanese culture that i hope never dies out to overpriced Christian style /chapel wedding plans +
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    Ah_so

    It's a MEMORIAL photo... who died?

    It is definitely true that you do not get many smiles in Japanese wedding photos. One of the funny things about Japanese-Western wedding photos is that you get the Japanese family all appearing to frown and the Westerner and family all grinning from ear to ear in the same photograph.

    However, it is even more spot on, possibly unintentionally. White is the colour of mourning in Japan - the bride has died as a member of her birth family and becomes part of her husband's.

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    Mio Kimura

    It's interesting to read all the posts above. First, there are lots of Japanese wedding photos with lots of smiles on the couples as it's their best day to have their weddings. Secondly, white is not the colour of mourning. It's black so that we put on black clothes for funerals. Thirdly, the style of bride's headdress called Tsunokakushi doesn't mean that she tries to hide her horns which mean 'tsuno' in Japanese. There seems to be many ways of interpretation and that's one of them. I second the idea that 'tsuno' was misread. The original of it was 'corners' with the same Chinese characters.

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    samuraisam@sbcglobal

    @BertieWooster: You are absolutely correct about the Japanese traditional meaning of "Tsuno Kakushi". This to be removed at the "Koromo Gae", changing to a different outfit so she can greet lesser formally and more casually.

    @Ah_so: The color white does not only symbolize "death, or mourning", but it means "pure". In this case she is not only "pure" but virgin(?) and "clean".

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    BertieWooster

    BertieWooster: You are absolutely correct about the Japanese traditional meaning of 'Tsuno Kakushi.'

    Thank you samuraisam-san.

    I wonder why three people didn't like to be told about it.

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    Betraythetrust!

    The bride does not look very happy which makes me sad. From her expression , i think she may have a touch of the Farmer Giles.

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    Yardley

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    Ah_so

    The color white does not only symbolize "death, or mourning", but it means "pure". In this case she is not only "pure" but virgin(?) and "clean".

    @samuraisam - I am not going to dispute the purity type meaning of white in Japan, much as in the West, with a white wedding gown and the concept of a "white wedding", implying virginity. However, the white of the wedding kimono is explicitly death related - a fact I my wife did not tell me until some years after I had married her in a white kimono (her not me!).

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    Yardley

    It may be interesting to note that the white wedding dress in Western weddings, rather than another color, only became more common after the Victorian era. Queen Victoria wore white when she married Prince Albert in 1840. Before and after that time, particularly in the U.S., brides continued to wear other colors (yellow, blue, brown, black, etc.) as well as white, often wearing a dress that would be worn again. At that time, white was considered more emblematic of wealth rather than purity, as only wealthy families could afford to buy a dress that would be worn only once and in a color that could be soiled easily.

    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_wedding >

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    Chuichi Hashimura

    I rememberd my traditional wedding about forty years ago!

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    toguro

    "I wonder why three people didn't like to be told about it."

    @BertieWooster:

    I not only liked it, but I really appreciated the cultural lesson. I love the formal kimono for the men. Any idea on how much one would cost?

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