Traditional Japanese Weddings

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Traditional Japanese Weddings
The Japanese marriage system and wedding ceremonies have many traditional aspects which are incorporated into both the celebrations leading up to and including the actual wedding day. However, overall, the practices are more formalized and structured than those in Western culture. For example, traditional arranged meetings are common in Eastern culture and the parents of the bride and groom have a great influence on the marriage, whereas in Western culture many marriages are formed through two individuals meeting on their own accord. Traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies are more elaborate in ceremony, dress, and are more formal than those in the West. This paper strives to study different aspects of the
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* “Kombu ” or “konbu” is edible kelp given to wish the couple many happy and healthy children.

* “Shiraga” or hemp are strong fibers that are used to symbolize the wish for strong family ties. "Shiraga" also means white hair. Hemp is therefore used to wish the couple many years of happiness in their future.

* “Suehiro” is a fan that opens from end to end and is given as a wish for happiness and a bigger and better future.

* “Yanagi-daru” is a wine cask. However, money may be given in place of the wine cask for the purpose of purchasing "sake" wine.

* Money
In addition to these gifts are "Sake" casks that are used to represent a vow for obedience and gentleness in marriage (“Japanese Marriage”).

Fig 1: Sake Casks (Kruzick)

Wedding Date
Most Japanese weddings occur in the spring or fall, often on Sundays or national holidays. The date of their wedding is decided by using an astrological calendar traditionally used to pick specific days of the year for special events called a koyomi. Taian, which is translated as “the day of great peace”, is the most popular day for weddings. Many weddings occur on the same day in Japan because of the popular use of the koyomi.
Attire
The wedding attire in Japanese culture is based on tradition. The bride’s makeup will consist of white face paint and red lips. Her hair is in a traditional style called bunkin-takashimada with ornate
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