Wedding Crashers: Meiji Shrine, Japan

Entrance to Meiji Shrine

It’s Thursday and wedding season so I figured this would be a good #throwbackthursday post. These photos are from my last trip to Japan in 2015 at the Meiji Shrine complex in Tokyo. We were told that the shrine was a popular place for Shinto weddings. As luck would have it we caught the tail end of one as we wandered around. The bride was lovely but I wasn’t fast enough to get a full on shot of her. Fun fact: I always seem to stumble upon either a wedding or a couple taking wedding photos when I travel. I’m not sure what that means.

According to my research (and by research I mean encyclopedia Google) in a Shinto wedding the bride usually wears white to symbolize her purity. The red umbrella reportedly symbolizes good luck and prosperity. It’s been about three years since I saw the young couple. I hope the umbrella worked for them.



    October 22, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    Lovely Throwback; beautiful Pictures. I would love to witness weddings in other cultures too and I think it is really interesting that you get to see one (either wedding or photo shoot) most times you travel to foreign destinations. I would say that is a good thing…
    Have a great Week.

    • ofthecomely
      October 28, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you Beauty. I use to think it was very strange but I agree it’s a good thing.

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