Wedding march

Wedding march
JAPAN TODAY

A bridal couple, followed by their relatives walk through the grounds of Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on Monday.

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    susieuk

    good luck to them!

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    Lunchbox

    I think all of us that are married, should do the right thing, and go down there now and see if its not to late to stop him.

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    oginome

    Traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies are so beautiful.

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    Andrew Matthews

    It looks like a beautiful event. I wonder if my wife would consider renewing our vows in Japan? Is it acceptable in Japan to do that?

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    powderb

    All the best to the couple

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    DentShop

    Is it acceptable in Japan to do that?

    Probably, but most Japanese couples would look at you despairingly and wonder why...

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    kwatt

    The bridegroom looks like a foreigner.

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    Nicky Washida

    It looks like a beautiful event. I wonder if my wife would consider renewing our vows in Japan? Is it acceptable in Japan to do that?

    We are thinking the same thing. We will have been married 10 years next year. Its been wonderful. Its also been absolutely shit at times(!) but we are still together and still stronger than ever. I think that is something worth celebrating.

    Get in touch with the Japan aisaika (愛妻家) organisation. They are the ones who organise the cabbage patch shout-outs and things in Gunma. They have one coming up at the end of January in Hibiya park. That is the "Japanese" way to do things. My friend on FB works with them and I told him recently about the trend in the west to renew vows. He thought that was fantastic. Mail me on FB if you want more info.

    As for whether it is acceptable to renew your vows here - quite honestly if you are prepared to rent the church, pay the fake minister and probably not charge your friends too much for entrance, you can pretty much do anything you want!

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    Nicky Washida

    on topic - I heard those kimono are something like 12 layers and it takes 3 of you to get the bride dressed! There is definitely something hauntingly beautiful about it though.

    At our blessing ceremony in the UK my husband wore Hakama and I wore a traditional white western dress. We exchanged vows in English (him) and Japanese (me). We gave the British guests chopsticks, and the Japanese guests English tea as presents. We put little phrase cards on the tables so people could wander around after dinner (once they were half-cut!) practicing their Japanese with the Japanese guests (yielding some hilarious results and a couple of hook-ups!) It was a fabulous day and the mix of cultures and styles went down really well. I only wish I could have drunk more champagne (was 15 weeks pregnant with our honeymoon baby!!!)

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    gogogo

    cha-ching someone just married into money.

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    smithinjapan

    Best of luck.

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    paulinusa

    The walk into Meiji Shrine is cool (literally on a hot, humid Tokyo summer day) and something I've done many times over the years. But this Gaijn/Japanese Shinto ceremony is the first I've ever seen.

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    MaboDofuIsSpicy

    Lunch box gets my thumbs up

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    japan_cynic

    Of course these "weddings" have absolutely no real meaning, they are just theatre...like so much here. Most likely, the couple actually got married at a city office some time ago (perhaps without even going there, just by posting off the forms).

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    miyazawa3

    He looks clever, smart...young...

    bride looks very sweet ..

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    oberst

    after 5 years, they won't be grinning

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    Andrew Matthews

    My friend on FB works with them and I told him recently about the trend in the west to renew vows. He thought that was fantastic. Mail me on FB if you want more info.

    Done that. I hope this is not an imposition. Despite what some people seem to feel, westerners wanting to experience some part of a county's rites and culture, is not some sort of vampirism, but a genuine interest.

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    derekfisher

    Wow everyone must do something different like this in their wedding so that it become memorable for all.

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