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  • Our Japanese wedding ceremony was held at Hikawa Shrine in Akasaka last December.

  • It was a cold, drizzly day, which may not be ideal for a wedding,

  • but Japanese shrines look amazing with a little bit of rain.

  • Plus it cleared up just in time for the ceremony so everything was perfect.

  • Although located near busy stations like Roppongi and Akasaka,

  • Hikawa shrine is tucked away deep in its spacious garden and is very peaceful and private.

  • The shrine is also dedicated to the Shinto god Susano and his wife Kushinadahime,

  • and is, therefore, associated with good relationships and happy marriages.

  • The 400 year old gingko tree that greets you at the entrance

  • was all lit up with its bright yellow foliage for our big day.

  • Now, let's go inside and get ready.

  • After Hagie did my makeup, it was time to put on that wig!

  • Unlike most wigs, that are usually floppy and soft, this one was rock solid.

  • It literally felt like wearing a helmet.

  • but believe it or not it's actually not that uncomfortable.

  • and thank goodness for that because the kimono is.

  • We'll let my husband change first.

  • The groom wears what's called a "montsuki haori hakama"

  • "Mon" means emblem and refers to the family crest, which is printed on the "haori" - or kimono jacket.

  • You'll find one emblem on the back, right below the neck,

  • two on the sleeves, and two on the chest.

  • "Hakama" refers to the pants.

  • The unique thing about kimonos is that it wears you.

  • In other words, there's no squeezing into anything, just lots of folding and tying.

  • Lots of folding and tying.

  • The white pompom looking thing in the front is the "haori himo,"

  • which loosely ties the font of the jacket together.

  • I wore a white wedding kimono called the "shiromuku".

  • And wow, you wouldn't believe how much there is to it!

  • First there's the padding to create the basic shape.

  • Then there's the wrapping.

  • After you've got the basic shape, you put on the first layer called the "nagajyuban" and tie it into place.

  • Next, we have the second layer called the "kakeshita".

  • That's a lot of cords.

  • And you definitely feel it.

  • The "obi" or large kimono belt is wrapped around the second layer.

  • And how they tie this thing, I have no idea,

  • but it looks pretty amazing!

  • The last layer is the "uchikake," which is like a thick coat for kimonos.

  • And it is thick!

  • The "uchikake" have beautiful embroideries of plants, animals and treasures that are thought to be good luck

  • such as cranes, orchids, and carriages.

  • After applying some color to my lips, we were ready for the final step.

  • Putting on the "wataboshi," which literally means cotton hat.

  • An interesting fact, before becoming a headdress for weddings,

  • the "wataboshi" was actually just a winter hat to keep warm.

  • With a custom to cover the bride's face for only the groom to see until after ceremony,

  • the "wataboshi" with its large shape became a part of the wedding kimono.

  • This kimono is not the most comfortable thing.

  • It's very very heavy.

  • and my shoulder is starting to ache a little bit.

  • but it's definitely worth it!

  • The white wedding kimono is generally assumed to symbolize purity

  • and willingness of the bride to be "dyed in the grooms colors."

  • but another theory suggests differently.

  • I wasn't able to incorporate all of the little details in this video,

  • So if you want more depth, be sure to check out my new blog.

  • We just got done rehearsing our parts for the wedding.

  • And we our about to go outside and walk through the entrance and do the real thing.

  • There's lot of little things we have to remember, so I'm a little bit nervous if I can do it correctly.

  • My dad and my grandma are here.

  • My mom couldn't make it. She's in the states.

  • But I'll be sending her pictures and she'll see this video so it'll be all good.

  • The Japanese wedding ceremony is called the "shinzen kekkonshiki."

  • and literally means wedding before god.

  • The ceremony begins with the performance of ancient court music for the "sanshin no gi",

  • where the bride and groom are escorted to the pavilion by the shrine masters and maidens.

  • Inside the Pavilion, the shinto priest announces our marriage to the shinto gods

  • and begins the "sankon no gi."

  • a ritual to strengthen the couple's bond

  • where the bride and the groom take turns sipping sake from three sake cups

  • increasing in size and poured three times.

  • Although there are varying theories, many say that the first sake cup or sakazuki

  • symbolizes the heavens, showing appreciation for our ancestors.

  • Oh, and make sure you wait till you've got something in your cup.

  • That was embarrassing..

  • Alrigh, let's try this again.

  • The second sakazuki symbolizes the earth, and the couple's vow to care for each other as long as they live.

  • and the third represents people, and prays for the couple's fertility.

  • The next ritual is one unique to the Hikawa shrine and involved the offering of a comb to the shinto gods.

  • The bride holds the comb wrapped in cloth in front of her heart and makes a prayer.

  • She then gives the comb to the groom, who by accepting it shows the bride and the attendees,

  • his determination and willingness to make the marriage work.

  • Next, comes the reading of the vow.

  • Reading the vow not to each other, but to the shinto gods,

  • The script is prepared by the shrine and read by the groom as the couple stand together.

  • Next, we have the "tamagushi hoten," which is a special ceremonial offering of a sprig

  • from a flowering evergreen tree to the Shinto gods.

  • "Tamagushi" or the "spirit stick" carries our thoughts and prayers through the end of the branch to the gods.

  • Lastly, we've got something simple and that most of your are familiar with.

  • The exchanging of wedding bands.

  • This ritual was not part of the original ceremony,

  • but was added in the 1950s due to influence from western-style weddings.

  • The ceremony ends with the "shinzoku katame no sakazuki."

  • where the attendees drink sake and celebrate the two families coming together.

  • and that concludes the "shinzenshiki."

  • In the last few years, the "shinzenshiki" has regained popularity,

  • with the increasing appreication for kimonos and the "wa" spirit among younger generations.

  • but still, western style weddings are much more common.

  • To be honest, I, myself, never thought I would have a Japanese wedding.

  • And I must say I have this channel and all of you watching to thank for this amazing experience.

  • Your love for Japan has sparked my curiosity to get to know my roots better having lived abroad for so long.

  • I'm learning, seeing, and doing so much and I truly thank you for that.

  • I hope you enjoyed the video and please let me know in the comments

  • what part of the Japanese wedding ceremony you found most interesting

  • and if there are any similar rituals in your country.

  • Lastly, a special thanks to my friend Hagie, and her team at Wakon Style ,

  • for their hard work, attention to detail, and for making us look good.

  • We couldn't have done it without them.

  • Alright, guys! Thank you for watching and I will see you again soon!

Our Japanese wedding ceremony was held at Hikawa Shrine in Akasaka last December.

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    Courtney Shih 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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