The majority of Japanese couples were traditionally intimate affairs between members of the same family. Many people nowadays choose to have a more conventional wedding service held at a monument or another religious site Others continue to practice the more traditional rituals, frequently including a sakura ( cherry blossom ) ceremony, where the bride and groom cross a tree together to signify the renewal of their vows.

Shinto, the church practiced by Japan’s indigenous citizens, dominates these rites for the most part. A pastor officiates these ceremonies, known as shinzen shiki, in a meeting that is both grave and joyful. The handful makes an announcement to the krishna and asks for their approval during this tradition. The quantity three, which denotes unification and fortune, is taken from nine sips of three plates in a festival called sansankudo. The bride and groom take vows, transfer items, and finally kiss one another in a ceremonial party to appease the gods.

The shinzen shiki rites are never good to vanish, even though Western-style weddings are becoming more common in Japan. Toyohiko Ikeda, a chief Shinto preacher at the Sugawara Shrine in Machida, with whom we spoke, about the customs that have evolved into more contemporary ceremonies.

The few attends a bridal reception after the major meeting. Relatives and friends usually attend this extremely elegant gathering. Traditional gifts are typically presented in velvet and tied with mizuhiki, or document strips that represent good fortune, are customarily given to guests.