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How much does a Shinto wedding cost?

The cost for a wedding can cause heart palpitations for the calm and bring the anxious to their knees. Marrying in a country where wedding options are unfamiliar can be frustrating, baffling or fascinating. Hitoshi and I were married in 2008 in Japan. The official marriage was at our local ward office. Our public ceremony…

wedding rings from Japan

Wedding rings in Japan and that mismatched couple

Mismatched wedding rings and the stranger “Why are your wedding rings different?” The young woman had a wide open face with an easy smile that stretched from ear to ear. Her lanky frame arched over a crossed leg that swung back and forth. Everyone in the registry office could hear her business as well as her question.…

Japanese warehouse

In-laws as parents: adopting for marriage in Japan

When Hitoshi and I got engaged, I started thinking about changing my last name. I love Hitoshi’s family name. It includes some of my favorite natural objects. Taking it shows recognition of my Japanese connection. Best of all, it is his mother’s last name. When I told Hitoshi I was going to change my last name to…

happy couple

Marriage, weddings and new beginnings!

The inspiration for this post was the British Royal Wedding of 2011. The Royal Wedding I love weddings! The Royal couple was so sweet and I’m looking forward to more pictures. I giggled watching Prince Harry grinning and whispering reports to Prince William as he snuck peaks at Catherine making her way up the aisle. A…