Wednesday, 13 April 2011

An English bride in Japan...

For those of you that don't know, I am getting married in Japan next year.....well, we are getting married here first then having a blessing in Kyoto. It has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions these past few weeks with regards to the situation in Japan.
My heart goes out to all the people of Japan. While I appreciated messages on Facebook and texts asking if our wedding plans were affected by the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant meltdown etc, I asked them to think of the people who had lost their homes, possessions and even worse, their lives. We are still going ahead with the ceremony (Kyoto has not been directly affected) because if people stay away, it will only make the situation worse (tourism is a big player in Japan's economy). Watch this video and see what the people of Tokyo want you to do!!

For the ceremony, I will be wearing the traditional white kimono including the wataboshi, a sort of veil/hood which is said to conceal the horns of jealousy woman sometimes get during their marriage! When I was in Japan last year I saw a newly wed bride at the Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo.

This is what I will be wearing...

Some people have asked why I am getting 'married' twice. Well, partly because 1. You can't get legally married at a Shinto shrine and 2. Why not?? Japan is a very special place for me, I sometimes see it as my second home despite only being there two weeks. I have always had the utmost respect for Japan and it's people, which goes way beyond just liking manga and Harajuku. I am very lucky to have such an understanding fiance who wants to share this special moment with me!

Anyway, enough of the soppy stuff. Currently still looking for a decent venue for my wedding reception. Somewhere I can decorate with my own bits and peices that will appeal to everyone....Mmmmm.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

My wedding plans so far...

Where I will be getting blessed ^_^


I realized the other day that I hadn't blogged on here for a while. There are a number of reasons for this, the main one being the fact I have been busy at work. But today is my day off so I thought I would update you on my wedding plans!

I paid off my dress the other day, which is a massive relief! Although I don't have to worry about paying anything for the wedding off a credit card, it was nice to just go in and pay it. As I mentioned in a previous post, I am unable to post a picture of my dress on here as my fiance might see it (I'am very traditional like that) but it is from a beautiful boutique in York. I have an idea of how I want my hair and I have a pearl necklace which was bought for me for my 21st.

I just need to find an intimate reception venue (my fiance and I will be heading to Japan after our ceremony here in England and having a blessing at the Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto) so we need somewhere that isn't going to cost the earth!

I feel so lucky to be having the oppotunity to be having a second wedding in Japan. Japan is so close to my heart for reasons which can't be counted on two hands. I am very pleased and excited to be going back, depsite the terrible and gut wrenching disaster of March 11th. My prayers and thoughts are still with the people of Japan.

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