Cultural References

Japanese Weddings
Japanese Living

The wedding depicted at the end of the series is a shinto wedding, and some elements of the traditional Shinto wedding are followed, here is a run through of an entire Shinto wedding, including details about wedding dresses, and various traditions.

And white kimono is a traditional wedding robe, called Shiro-muku. "Siro" means white and "muku" means pure. You should not, as in Europe bring a gift on the day, it should be sent before or after the celebration. Instead of a gift, you should bring "goshugi" (money) on the day and hand it to the person at the reception. If you have already sent "goshugi", you can just register your name, telling the person at the reception that you've already sent it, but it is not the common way. The amount of "goshugi" depends on the relationship between you and the couple. It can therefore vary quite a lot.

The Shinto wedding is performed before a Shinto sanctuary, set up for the occation unless the wedding takes place in a Shinto shrine. It is presided by a Shinto priest who first holds the purification service of all present. Such a wedding is usually attended by memberrs of both families and close relatives in addition, of cource, to the couple to be united and gobetweens. Gobetweens are often selected more for ceremonial purposes from among elderly couples known and close to either or both of the families to be united in marriage. After a ritual by the priest, reporting to olds on the marriage and requesting their lasting favors on the newly-weds it is now customary for the bridegroom to read an oath to keep faithful and obedient to each other in the married life. The oath may be given by the gobetween in behalf of the new couple.

The "San-San-Kudo" or ceremony of the Three-Times-Three Exchange of nuptial cups is then performed by the bridegroom and bride. The exchange of wedding rings is also a popular practice today.

The bridegroom and bride proceed to the sanctuary to offer twigs of "Sakaki" sacred tree in worship to gods to end the main part of the wedding ceremony.

Drinks of "Sake" are then exchanged between members and close relatives of the both families to signify their union through the wedding.

The Shinto wedding is accompanied by the traditional music and attended by "Miko" maidens who serves "Sake" in red and white dresses.

It is a short service, simple in procedure but full of solemn atomospheres. Many hotels and restaurants are equipped with a special room for wedding ceremonies. In fact weddings are a good source of business for them, including receptions to follow sometimes in elaborate scale.

Relevance to Maison Ikkoku

Of course Godai's goal over the course of the series is to marry Kyoko.


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