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November 27, 2005

Meiji shrine

My colleague arrived in Japan this morning in preparation for a two-week Asia tour with our clients. It is all a lot of work, so you won't hear anything else about it here, but we did get out to Meiji shrine this morning for a look around before the hard work started.

This is a great time of year to go there...there are always weddings, which means lots of super-traditional outfits and ceremonies. It is really fun to watch. This is actually the second time in two weeks that I have been there - I am not some sort of wedding freak, it just turned out that way. Anyway - this should give you a brief glimpse into what it was like:

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The one on the left is a wedding procession. I noticed two things...first, no one seems to be smiling. They take it all very seriously. My colleague said it seemed like a funeral, which seemed an appropriately male opinion (ha...I have never been married, so I cane a funeral, which seemed an appropriately male opinion (ha...I have never been married, so I cannot comment on that first hand). Second, the groom gets to wear a much more comfortable outfit than the bride. Then again, she is much more impressive.

The second picture is some of the women in the wedding party talking with each other while the official wedding portraits were being taken. Don't they look fantastic in their kimonos?

One person I did not see was another Tokyo blogger, Tokyo Rosa, who was also on day tour duty out at Meiji Shrine. Unless she went to get married, in which case, we can pretend that is her on the top left.

Posted by Kirk on November 27, 2005 11:04 PM

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