Jun 25

The Traditional Shinto Wedding Of Japan

Japanese wedding customs is considered as one of the oldest forms of wedding traditions around the world, much like the traditional Chinese wedding. But because of the influence of Western culture, the traditional Japanese wedding, or Shinto wedding, have now been widely replaced by modern Western-style wedding ceremonies. However, Shinto wedding celebration are still practiced in some parts of the country. So is the traditional way of Japanese weddings? Shinto Wedding In either case, may it be the shinto wedding or western-style wedding, the couple must first be legally married by filing for marriage at their local government office, and the official documentation must be produced in order for the ceremony to be held. Before ever getting married there are two types of mate selection that may occur with the couple:

  • Miai – or the arranged marriage
  • Ren ai – or a love match

The traditional Japanese wedding, or Shinto wedding, involves painting the Japanese wife-to-be white from head to toe, visibly declaring her maiden status to the gods. There are also the traditional head dresses that the couples may use. There are traditionally two head dresses, one is the watab?shi, a white hood; the other, called the tsunokakushi, serves to hide the bride’s ‘horns of jealousy.’ It also symbolizes the bride’s intention to become a gentle and obedient wife. Traditional Japanese wedding customs (shinzen shiki) involve an elaborate ceremony held at a Shinto shrine. Japanese weddings are being increasingly extravagant with all the elaborate details placed into thought. However, in some cases, younger generations choose to abandon the formal ways by having a “no host party” for a weddingIn this situation, the guests include mainly of the couple’s friends who pay an attendance fee.
Westernized Japanese Wedding Celebration In recent years, the “Western Style Wedding” (influenced by Christian weddings) has become the choice of most couples in Japan.An industry has sprung up, dedicated to providing couples with a ceremony modeled after church rituals. Japanese western style weddings are generally held in a chapel, either in a simple or elaborate ceremony, often at a dedicated wedding chapel within a hotel.
The service is given either in Japanese, English or quite often, a mix of both. It follows Protestant ceremony, relaxed and not overtly religious. After the reading, there is a prayer and a short message, explaining the sanctity of the wedding vows (seiyaku). The bride and groom share their vows and exchange rings. The chapel register is signed and the new couple is announced. This is often followed by the traditional wedding kiss. The service can conclude with another hymn and a benediction. For more information visit to our site at http://philippineweddingplanner.com

Beverly Huffine

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  1. misswolfish says:

    Does anyone know of Japanese Wedding Traditions I can incorporate into my wedding?
    My fiance is Japanese and I would really like to incorporate something of the sort for our wedding but neither of us are really sure what to do. He was born in Japan but raised in the States and his mother had an American wedding and has never seen a traditional shinto wedding.

    Any Ideas?

  2. letthefunbegin says:

    In a traditional Shinto wedding, Tomaka amusha’s are invited to solemnise,
    there shall be a total of 39 wows taken traditionally its done in a buddhist way in a buddhist temple in the presence of tomaka amushas.
    The sacred scroll of wows is to be signed. then the Kaybhishus (fans with dragons) are to be exchanged in front of yamagushi (fire Godess)
    later the bride and the groom shall perform he harakiri, (you find out)
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  3. John T says:

    Don’t they usually get carried to the alter in some sort of booth thing and the bride I think traditionally wears red… but that could be Chinese…
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  4. samdadnow says:

    Japanese , if in a very traditiona way, they need to wear their very culture dress
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