“Shinto Wedding” : Tokyo, 20th March 2012
This is how a traditional Japanese wedding looks, taking place at a Shinto shrine. Things don’t get much more ‘Japanesey’ than this, and it’s a rare treat if you happen to visit when one is going on.
These days few couples opt for these ultra-traditional affairs, preferring the faux Western version done in a faux church with a faux priest.
The bride wears an ornate kimono with a totally white face, black hair tied up in the traditional style most non-Japanese will know from their ideas of geisha. The priest behind her shades her with a vermilion parasol.
I can’t remember where I stumbled upon this scene, but I’m glad I did…
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