Monday, July 14, 2008

June wedding

After we visited the iris garden in the grounds of Meiji Jingu a few weekends ago, we stopped by the shrine itself, and happened to catch a glimpse of a traditional wedding procession.
June wedding

15 comments:

  1. That's a fabulous shot and so interesting to me to see the traditional wedding procession, never having seen one.

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  2. wow, this is a great shot, tanabata!! it's not often that we can get to see a traditional wedding like this one. :)

    Happy WS!

    Jean Chia

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  3. lovely shot. When I was in Kyoto last December I was at a Shrine, (sorry can't remember which one NOW) and saw a wedding just like that. I got to take tons of photos. It was soo beautiful!!!
    OH I see that you read Haruki Murakami. I just finished my first book by him, A WIld Sheep Chase and I LOVED it. I am going to start THE WIND UP BIRD CHRONICLE...how was Kafka on the shore? msabine(at)mac.com

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  4. This is wonderful. So exotic for a provincial Yankee like me! The red is stunning. Thanks.

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  5. nice....first time such picture seen:)

    My WS Entry is here

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  6. Beautiful! Do you know if white is the traditional color for the bride's outfit (I can't tell if she is wearing a kimono or dress)?

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  7. Love your pictures. I feel like I get to travel a bit when I see them :o)

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  8. Nyssaneala- You can't see the bride too well in this photo, sorry. But she is wearing the traditional wedding kimono which is white and worn for the ceremony at the shrine. Later at the reception, any colour of kimono can be worn. I found this link by googling, it'll give you a better idea.

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  9. What a great shot. I've never seen a traditional Japanese wedding before. Wow!

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  10. That is a great photo, Nat. I have always been curious about other cultures' wedding rituals. I never was a big dreamer when it came to my own wedding, but one thing I did consider was incorporating several different traditions in. I didn't end up doing that because the dream had long faded by the time I actually got married. I only just remembered now!

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  11. SabineM- I loved Kafka on the Shore! I'd definitely recommend it. I haven't read A Wild Sheep Chase but hope to work my way through all his stuff eventually.

    Gentle Reader- I've never seen the ceremony part either since it's usually just close family and in the inner part of the shrine that visitors can't see. It's still fun to see them dressed up though on their way in. :)

    Wendy- It is interesting how wedding traditions differ among different cultures. And I'm sure your 'American' wedding was very nice too. :)

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  12. Love the photo Nat thanks so much for sharing. Are Japanese traditional weddings becoming increasingly rare or are they still the norm for most couples?

    BTW, I ordered "Shutting out the Sun" from Amazon, so many thanks for the recommendation!

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  13. Lotus- From what I gather, the traditional weddings are still common but not necessarily the norm anymore. They are incredibly expensive. Western-style weddings are also very common these days. For those, while they'll wear a white wedding dress in a chapel for the ceremony they'll still wear a fancy coloured kimono for part of the reception.

    I hope you enjoy reading 'Shutting Out the Sun'. The writer really seems to have gained a good understanding of Japanese society, imho.

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