Japanese Arranged Marriages

818 WordsNov 18, 20114 Pages
For centuries, arranged marriages between social classes have been a tradition. Since World War II ended in 1945, “love” marriages have become more and more common. Social class has somewhat ended with the establishment of the Tenant Laws; which abolished landlords and divided land between Japanese peasants and farmers. Now, marriage is becoming much like that of the United States’. The rise of non-arranged marriage is a positive event; it is helping Japan progress towards a freer nation which is not tied down by it’s past. Marriages have undergone several changes throughout the history of Japan. Muko-iri was the original form of marriage practiced in Japan. The marriage was arranged by older relatives and parents, and the man would…show more content…
3). “Love” marriages should continue to be practiced in Japan. The argument for arranged marriages is rather impotent; “love” marriages have grown on their own accord. Although theloss of arranged marriage results in a loss of tradition, it starts a new, modern tradition. It is a natural result of the emperor disavowing his divinity, and the country progressing towards a more Westernized country. (“Background Note: Japan” Par. 10) Not only are “love” marriages nearlyimpossible to stop in Japan, but they are for the best of the country. Sources: A: Japanese Lifestyle http://www.japaneselifestyle.com.au/culture/marriage_history.html B: Countries and Their Cultures http://www.everyculture.com/East-Southeast-Asia/Japanese-Marriage-and-Family.html C: Marriage in Japan http://japan.usembassy.gov/e/acs/tacs-7114a.html D: Tying the Knot http://web-japan.org/trends98/honbun/ntj980729.html E: Arranged Marriages and Dowry http://www.pardesiservices.com/tradition/arrangedmarg.asp F: http://www.professorshouse.com/Relationships/Marriage-Advice/Articles/Advantages-and-Disadvantages-of-Arranged-Marriages/ G:
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