The majority of Japanese couples were traditionally intimate unions between members of the same family. Some couples now choose to have their wedding ceremony held at a monument or other spiritual 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 honor the renewal of their vows.

Shinto, the faith practiced by Japan’s native people, dominates these festivities for the most part. Shinzen shiki ceremonies these weddings, which are known as shinzen shiki, are officiated by a preacher in a meeting that is both grave and joyful. The couple makes an announcement to the krishna and asks for their gift during this ceremony. The amount three, which denotes unification and fortune, is taken from nine sips of three bowls in a meeting called sansankudo. The bride and groom take pledges, swap items, and therefore kiss each other before performing a ceremonial dancing to appease the gods.

The shinzen shiki rites are hardly good to vanish, despite the fact that ceremonies in the Northern style are becoming more common in Japan. Toyohiko Ikeda, a general Shinto priest at Sugawara Shrine in Machida, with whom we spoke, about the customs that have evolved into more contemporary rituals.

The pair attends a ceremony reception following the main service. Relatives and friends typically attend this formal gathering. Traditional gifts are typically presented in silk and tied with mizuhiki, or paper strips that represent fine fortune, are customary.