Friday, September 21, 2012

Have you ever been to a Japanese wedding?


As you know, I went to Japan and South Korea last year, in March/April. I had always wanted to go, so when my friend Keigo told me he was going to get married in Kyoto at the end of March, I thought...why not? The terrible earthquake and its consequences did not stop me, and it was totally worth it, since I had the chance to see a Japan completely emptied of tourists. For fear of radiations, though, I could only spend one day in Tokyo, instead of the 3 I had planned. I stayed in Osaka instead, further from Fukushima.

Anyway, my friends' wedding was reeeaally interesting. Ok, I didn't understand a word of what they said, but I'm sure it was all interesting! :P 
I was obviously the only "Western" person, so everybody was being really kind. As it's generally unpolite to say "no" when they offer you a drink, I kept saying yes to the beer, the wine and the sake (a famous Japanese alcoholic drink)...Needless to say, the result was me starting to behave as a typical Italian girl who has had a few drinks: talking very loudly, laughing and drinking more. OOOPS!

I managed to take some pictures, though, and to follow the whole ceremony with attention, despite the alcohol. The bride, Risa (which you should actually read "Lisa" - you know how people from the far east find it difficult to pronounce our "r"s), had a beautiful dress and changed into an even more beautiful one around the middle of the afternoon. Give a look at them:

Bride and groom

Me with the newly married couple ^^

The food was all typical, which was great for me. I didn't eat it all, though, either because it was too much or, sometimes, because it was raw fish with too many vegetables ( I hate veggies!). 

This is how the table was set at the beginning...luckily they had a fork and a knife for me!

I remember this one! Miso soup maybe? Veeery nice anyway! ^_^

Nearly at the end of the ceremony, Keigo said a sentence in Italian, thanking me for being there. VERY nice of him, as I hadn't understood anything till then. :P I was sitting at a table with a Taiwanese couple (Ivan and Tiong Wan), though, so I could speak English with them.

Did you know that it's common, in Japanese weddings, to give the couple some money in an envelope, as wedding gifts? In Italy you generally give presents, often things that they'll need in their new house (although the habit is changing now that many couples live together before getting married). I personally brought typical Italian stuff, and I think it was appreciated...If you are going to a Japanese wedding, I recommend you do the same! Japanese people are generally very interested in other cultures.

I'll leave you with this last wedding picture, with Keigo's friends, holding some hammers used during the ceremony. Actually, they even called me to use one of them at a certain can immagine my surprise when I heard them calling my name, after a long speech in Japanese...It was fun anyway! XD

Sayonara people,
Stay Human,


P.S.= The title is taken from Gogol Bordello's song "Have you ever been to an American wedding?". Gogol Bordello is my fav listen to them if you have the chance!

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