The other day, I attended my cousin’s wedding ceremony. It was a Shinto-style wedding. Both the ceremony and party were held at a hotel.
Many city hotels in Japan offer perfect facilities for wedding. Because they have a Shinto altar, Christian chapel and big banquet rooms. So they usually cater to couple’s requests and tastes.
My cousin chose the Shinto rites. On the other hand, an increasing number of couples conduct their wedding ceremonies in the Christian style, regardless of their religion. Actually, about 60% of the couples hold Christian style wedding ceremony, though only 1% of Japanese are Christian.
By the way, the white hood worn by the bride (like the picture above) is called ‘tsuno-kakushi’. This literally means ‘hide horns’. This hood indicates that the bride will be a patient and peaceful wife. Patience is regarded as a very important element in the marriage life…