Monday, July 24, 2006

Bride, Meiji Jingu

The shrine is a popular place for traditional style weddings, especially on days designated as taian, the luckiest days in the rokuyou of the Japanese calendar. Rokuyou means there are six such days, and these range from the unluckiest (butsumetsu, the day Buddha died) through taian. This calendar is largely still followed even by couples having Western style weddings (increasingly popular nowadays), and the waiting list is longest for taian wedding dates. Arranged marriages (omiyai) are also still practiced in some cases, though they have become rare (<10%).   Posted by Picasa


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