Wedding Ceremony Examples: Japanese Wedding Tradition

Wedding Ceremony Examples: Japanese Wedding Tradition

All countries in the world have a variety of different types of wedding ceremony examples. Even in Indonesia alone there are a lot of traditions in the wedding ceremony. The uniqueness of each tradition provides its own color and the identity of the place where the wedding ceremonies take place.

Japanese wedding ceremony examples

This wedding ceremony example is come from Japan. Marriage in Japan is usually based on two things. The first is through matchmaking. Matchmaking is usually done with the agreement of both the bride. They met with representatives accompanied by their families and trying to get to know each other. If they both do not match, this match could be canceled. If matched, of course marriage is the way they are going to go through it later.

The second thing is based on love. The basis of this one began to emerge as the world turning towards the modernity. At the time it happened, matchmaking began to be considered as something that was not necessary because a lot of people can find a suitable life partner for themselves without having an arranged marriage by their parents. In this wedding ceremony example, there are 3 main events to be done. The first part is the speech of a person who is appointed by the two families. The second part is the bride and groom to drink sake. The last section is lit candles as part of the wedding ceremony.

At the beginning of this wedding ceremony example, the couple was purified by a Shinto priest. Then the couple will participated in a ritual called San-sankudo. During this ritual, the bride and the groom took turns inhaling sake, a type of wine made from fermented rice, each inhaling nine times out of three cups. When the bride and groom took vows, their families face each other (usually the bride and groom which are facing each other). Afterwards, family members and the close relatives of the bride and groom take turns drinking sake, symbolize the unity and ties through the marriage. The ceremony closed with the issuing the offerings of Sakaki twigs (a kind of sacred tree) which addressed to the Gods Shinto.

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Japanese wedding ceremony examples rituals

The purpose of most Shinto rituals is to drive out evil spirits by way of cleansing, prayers and offerings to the gods. This brief procession is simple in its execution but really solemn. Its meaning is to strengthen their vows and bind their physical marriage spiritually.  If a pair of Japanese bride wants to carry out a purely traditional Japanese wedding ceremony, the skin of the bride will be painted white from head to toe which symbolizes purity and declared her real holiness status to the gods. Bride generally asked to choose between two traditional wedding hats. One was a white wedding headdress called Tsuni Kakushi (literally meaning “horn hide”). This hat is filled with Kanzashi hair ornaments at the top where the bride wore it as a hood to hide the “horns of jealousy”, ego and selfishness of the mother-in-law – which is now going to be the head of the family. This hood attached to the bride’s white kimono, also symbolizes her resolve to be obedient and gentle wife and their willingness to carry out his role with patience and serenity. In addition, the traditional belief that the hair is left not cleaned, so common for people which wear the headdress to hide her hair. Another traditional headdress to choose the bride is Wata Boushi. The groom wore a black kimono on this Japanese wedding ceremony example. Mother of the bride handed his daughter with lowering the bride’s hood. As common in several countries, the guests which invited to the wedding in Japan need to bring donations in their wallets. At the end of the wedding reception, a souvenir or Hikidemono as candy, cutlery, or wedding trinkets, placed in a bag and given to the guests to be taken home.

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