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Shinto Wedding in Kamakura – Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on May 2, 2012

Almost every time I visit the grand shrine in Kamakura, the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu there seems to be a wedding going on. It’s a great opportunity to see the finest kimono and listen to the thousand of years old ceremonial music being played live. I caught this ceremony a couple of days ago, the bride looked really nervous as she was taking instructions from the priest assistants. Since it’s currently Golden Week here in Japan the shrine was packed with tourists and visitors enjoying the great weather and that in itself should be enough to make any bride nervous! The groom looked much more relaxed. It’s not all that common to see these traditional ceremonies performed out in the open, usually they are confined to the inner sanctum of the shrines. At most you can see the traditional wedding parade if you visit places like the Meiji Jingu in central Tokyo, but this shrine in Kamakura (Kanagawa prefecture) is one of the best for seeing traditional weddings!








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  1. D... said, on May 2, 2012 at 5:48 am

    That lady in the pink kimono is just so elegant and stunning, and that little one sucking his thumb with that worried expression is just too adorable.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment D! I totally agree! (^o^)/

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  2. Angela said, on May 2, 2012 at 5:59 am

    This brings back memories of my short time living in Tokyo. I would often frequent Nogi Shrine sales but one day, I hadn’t realised that there was no sale, instead, there was a Shinto wedding. I could hear the wailing sound coming from around the corner and when I turned I was almost brought to tears. I tip toed around the gravel pathway so as not to disturb the ceremony and was able to video for a brief period with my iphone these wonderful proceedings, such a wonderful memory that I will cherish.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you for that wonderful comment Angela! I didn’t know Nogi shrine had sales but I’m glad you got to see the ceremony instead! (^-^)

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  3. Color Odyssey said, on May 2, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Lovely!

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  4. romainboitier said, on May 2, 2012 at 7:34 am

    What wanderful colors you have in those pictures, excellent copositions too.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you Romain and sorry to reply so late! It’s been a busy couple of months…

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  5. Emily Cannell said, on May 2, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Stunning shots! One of my favorites of all time! Love it!

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you so much for saying so Emily, it makes me proud! (^-^)

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  6. Coal said, on May 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

    The bride does seem somewhat suspicious of what’s happening around her.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Oh, yes! You should have seen the whole series, I’ve never seen a bride like her here in Japan! (^-^;) Must have been very very nervous…

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  7. pk1154 said, on May 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Oh my. That is either the most nervous, or the grumpiest, bride I’ve seen in a long time.

    The wary look from the little boy is adorable.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Haha… I think nervous! You should have seen it to believe it… her whole body language…! (^-^)

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  8. Emma Reese said, on May 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I can’t blame the bride. Anyone would be nervous under such circumstances! (She looks less nervous and serious than I did in my wedding though!) It must be fun to work as wedding attendants.

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Haha… Emma, you should have shown me those photos too! Maybe next time! (^-^) Oh yes, that must be a great job…!

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  9. dafarmer said, on May 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I would be nervous too!!! I love the photo of the little boy sucking his thumb!! Very lovelyset!

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thank you Dina! I am sure I would be as well! (^-^;)

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  10. riatarded said, on May 4, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Awesome photos!

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment Ria, and sorry to reply so late! (^-^;)

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  11. Color Odyssey said, on May 4, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Hi , I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award – https://colorodyssey.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/versatile-blogger-award-living-singapore/
    Cheers!
    Ritu

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you sooooo much Ritu! I’m terribly sorry for replying so late… (^O^;)/

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  12. Timi said, on May 4, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I can’t find the words actually :) except for the smiles, everything looks perfect and beautiful!

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    • tokyobling said, on June 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Thanks for the kind comment! It was pretty near perfect! (^-^)

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