Today is the great day of the wedding of Sakiko (girl) and Hisao (boy).
They choose to celebrate their wedding as a Japanese Shinto wedding ceremony.
Japan couples are legally married once they have made the change in
status on their family registration sheets,
without the need for a ceremony. Most weddings are held either according to Shinto traditions
or as Christian-style chapel weddings.
Sakiko and Hisao with some of their guests.
Sakiko in her wedding kimono also called Shiromuku.
and grooms typically wear a kimono. The bride wears a
oftentimes combined with a wig and a hat which is called wataboshi.
Typical colors for this kimono include red and white, colors of Shinto purity.
the wedding in shrines always wear white clothes. Everything
including inner wears is pure white.
Not only their clothes, but also their accessories such as hats, shoes and pouches are all white.
Why Japanese brides have such custom to be covered with only white things on a day of wedding ceremony?
It’s because “white” has been regarded by Japanese people as a symbol of pureness, cleanness or virginity.
“White” can be dyed with any color, so Shiromuku means that brides are ready to be dyed with color of groom.
“White” has also been regarded as a sacred color for many years,
so Japanese people have believed Shiromuku to be suitable for the wedding ceremony held at sacred and religous places.
Hisao in his wedding kimono also called Hakama.
a Japanese-styled wedding, the groom wears a Montsukihakama,
but usually referred to as just hakama (hakama generally refers to men’s kimono,
but when spoken in the context of weddings,
it is usually understood that it is referred to as the groom’s outfit).
hakama started out as semiformal attire for samurai families in the
During mid-Edo period, it became the most formal attire for male commoners
and eventually in the Meiji era the hakama came to be recognized as the most formal attire for men of all statuses.
Sakiko and Hisao with their white festive wedding cake.
The wedding cake is decorated with a cute a Monchhichi couple.
Sakiko and Hisao are best friends forever.
Sources for the Wedding explanation:
Wikipedia - Shinto Wedding
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