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Misato's Japanese wedding

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This day we do get up very early. We had to get dressed and get ready to go to Misato and Ken's wedding in Kobuchizawa. Luckily, the hairstyle had kept me, in fact the waves fit me better than the day before. We went to Shinjuku station, with a lot of margin time, in case we got lost and went to take the express train. We arrived at Kobuchizawa station, and the first thing we did was go buy some safety pins, because during the trip I had lost some weight and I dropped the dress braces scandalously.


It was very cold there, but luckily it didn't rain. After looking in the dictionary as said unmissable, we went to a kind of hardware store run by an older lady, but they did not have left. He kindly told us to go to the stationery store near there, and luckily there we could buy some.

The bride and groom posing with their parents after the ceremony.

At 11 we came to pick up a bus that would take us to the hotel. The bus was full of ceremony attendees and we were the only foreigners. When we arrived at the hotel we saw that many people went to the locker room to dress up. In truth, we also think about it, but after spending half a trip carrying backpacks we wanted to go a little garters.

While we waited for the ceremony to begin, they took us to a room where drinks were served and there we met Ken's mother who is Chilean, and of course she spoke Spanish. His mother was very nice and was aware of us.

Everyone posing again, but here Misato wore the Iro-uchikake kimono.

When it was time for the ceremony we were taken to a modern chapel that was in the middle of a meadow and surrounded by trees. The meadow was covered with reddish-brown leaves that had fallen and the scenery was beautiful. Inside the chapel came the woman who would officiate the ceremony and asked us not to take pictures at that time. As a detail to mention of the Japanese organization, the ladies were given a blanket to cover our legs so as not to go cold while the ceremony lasted. While we waited for the bride and groom to enter through the back door, the front wall of the chapel began to rise as if it were a backdrop and while a background music was playing we saw the bride and groom, dressed in traditional wedding kimonos, walking towards We across the meadow as if it were a Hollywood movie. At that moment the tears leapt from my emotion. In my life I had seen nothing so beautiful. When the ceremony was over we went out to the meadow to throw rose petals at the bride and groom and take pictures with them. Another detail of the Japanese organization: there were several employees who took photos of the guests with their own cameras so that they had the memory (and that there was an official photographer, the same as in Spain, eh?). After the photos and a toast they took us to the other end of the hotel where the food would take place. Before entering the room, they called us together with two friends and with the couple we opened three bottles of champagne to toast all together. Misato had changed the top of her kimono, changing the radiant white to one with more color that favored her a lot.

Spectacular view of the room where the food was held.

As Misato explained to me, the white kimono is called “Shiro-muku” and the colored one “Iro-uchikake”. The two are traditional wedding dresses in Japan, but the difference is that white is more gala. The white kimono was dressed in ceremonies before the Gods since ancient times. The meaning of the bride's white suit is a bit similar to the one here, it means innocence and purity, but since white can be dyed any color, it also means that the bride accepts everything from the groom, a new life and a new family. Although I could not notice much, Misato has told me that both kimonos were woven with drawings of flowers and happy animals meaning eternal happiness for the new couple. As you have seen in the photos, during the ceremony Misato wore a white headdress that almost covered her eyes. This headdress is called "Wata-boushi", and although theoretically it has that way so that only the groom can see his face well, as you can see he did not hide it all, but it gave him a touch of enchanting mystery.

Finally the mystery is revealed: here the hairdo that Hiro did to me.

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