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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