Cultural Experiences: Shrine Weddings

Cultural Experiences: Shrine Weddings

There’s rarely anything as sweet and sentimental when traveling as encountering a wedding.   Fresh faced young couples pledging their troth in the customs of the local culture.   The Japanese have all sorts of formalities to their weddings, precluding the possibility that a stray tourist would be invited to celebrate, as might be the case in other countries.  But they also tend to have their weddings in some very public places, so you can often catch glimpses of the bride and groom, dressed in their traditional wedding regalia, if you know when and where to look.  One of the best places is at major shrines on weekend days or auspicious dates.   Tourist warning: weekends will be a LOT more crowded.   Here are some pictures we caught of a very formal wedding taking place at Hachiman-gu Shrine on a beautiful autumn day in November.

Bride and Groom at Hachiman-gu Shrine

Bride and Groom at Hachiman-gu Shrine

Wedding Procession about to Start

Wedding Procession about to Start

Wedding Musicians Play outside the Shrine

Wedding Musicians Play outside the Shrine

Japanese Wedding Musician

Japanese Wedding Musician

Wedding Musicians at Hachiman-gu

Wedding Musicians at Hachiman-gu

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