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Japanese Weddings


Whether a Japanese wedding follows the traditional Shinto customs or modern Western-style ceremonies the couple must first be legally married at local government offices. In Shinto wedding ceremonies the bride may be painted pure white from head to toe, visibly declaring her maiden status to the gods but is also a symbol of mourning. 

The ceremony is held at a Shinto shrine and is very elaborate.  During the ceremony the wedding couple drink sake three times in three different chalices.  The bride usually changes into a colourful kimono before the banquette. 

The banquette follows a toast to the bride and groom and the couple then light candles at every table to thank the guests for their presence.