Organization of a traditional wedding celebration in Japan
Organizing a traditional wedding celebration in Japan
A plan for Seating guests
The traditional plan for Seating guests at a wedding in Japan is a complex and deeply hierarchical system. “Kamiza” — the word in the Japanese language, which designates the place of honor in the room, assume that it must be the warmest, most comfortable, and located furthest from the door. The last characteristic refers to the period of feudalism in Japan, when this arrangement was considered the most secure and also in the event of an attack on the house. Historically, the status of a person was shown by the thickness of the Mat on which he sits. However, since the flat tatami became more available and suitable in the home, the Seating arrangement became the main indicator of social status.
Inherent in the culture of norms and rules seems to dictate that the main purpose of “Kekkon Hiroen” (wedding reception) is the placement of guests at the table so that no one was hurt reserved for him. Guests are fitted in accordance with their age (very respected quality in Japanese culture), social status and relation to the newlyweds, since they are the most important people of the wedding celebration.
Who gets best seats?
Contrary to Western custom, the family of the groom and the bride receive the least honored place in the scheme of Seating of guests, for example, near the exit or kitchen. Offering the best seats to guests not members of the family, the owner demonstrates restraint and humility. The teachers and the heads of the bride and groom are also considered to be very respectable people.
Today the tradition of “arranged wedding” when the bride and groom picked up each other special people, rooted in the past, but before to the most honorable places he could sit “nakudo” — the people who arranged the marriage of the young. The modern wedding reception is the place of the man who played the role of matchmaker.
Japanese wedding in a Buddhist style often is the ceremony associated with sake. “San-san-kudo”, or joint drinking of sake is one of the oldest wedding traditions of Japan . In a sign of respect for the family and the establishment of the new marriage the groom and then the bride take three SIPS of sake from three different cups. Sake often invite members of the family: first the father of the groom, then the mother, after the father of the bride and mother of the bride.
Not to mention the most spectacular and touching Japanese tradition. The bride and groom together light the candles on each of the guest tables, which symbolizes their desire to share warmth and light with all invitees. Sometimes the Japanese wedding is the tea ceremony, which, although similar to Chinese (because they both have roots in Zen Buddhism), but it has its significant features, because the cultures themselves diverged centuries ago. Japanese ceremony is very slow, she concentrated on the hospitality and the principles of Zen Buddhism, harmony, respect and purity.
In the variety of customs and etiquette rules, and historically has been active in Japan to this day, highlights the beautiful tradition — the manufacture of 1,000 paper cranes, which symbolize happiness and prosperity of the young couple a thousand years. The bride and groom symbolizing wishes for happiness give guests “Hikidemono” — this small sweet Souvenirs, which are special candies. Quite rare in Japan you can find such Western traditions as the bouquet toss or the cake cutting.
No matter whether you decide to strictly follow Japanese etiquette, or just get inspired by small details that carry a deep meaning. The beauty inherent in the ancient traditions, family ties updates existing and creates new ones, ensuring that your wedding experience will stay with you for life.