In recent years, shrine wedding has been trending, and its popularity has also gone beyond the shores of Japan. This couple from Hong Kong apparently has been highly interested in shrines for a long time, and thus decided to hold their wedding Japanese-style in Kyoto’s Toyokuni Shrine!
The procedures are similar to that of Japanese-style church weddings. However, during the crux of the ceremony, the groom is required to read out his vows in Japanese by shrine wedding customs, before downing a cup of sake with his bride to seal the matrimony. As our groom is not yet fluent in Japanese, our translator gave him some help by writing romaji (English alphabets with pronunciations resembling as close as possible to the sounds of Japanese words) on his script. The groom was handed the script several days before the ceremony, and he practiced diligently up to the very last minute, right before the processional! Because he did such a good job reading out the vows, he was allowed to take home the romaji-scribbled script home as a memento.
A small note to make for those who are in any way adverse or allergic to alcohol, and worry about having to ingest even small drops of it during the ceremony; the shrine kannushi (priest) will close one – or both – eyes even if you merely touched your lips to the cup and do not actually drink the sake.
We wish this couple an everlasting and blissful marriage ahead!
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