結婚・結納

Wedding Ceremony Program

▲Sanshin

▲Sake cups

▲Tamagushi-houten

▲Sake pitchers

  1. 一、Sanshin

    The bride and groom walk into the shrine with Japanese ancient court music.

  2. 一、Shubatsu - Purification Rite

    To begin the ceremony, this is done to purify the mind and body.

  3. 一、Kensen - Rite of presentation of food to Kami-sama

    This is a rite in which Kami-sama are offered rice, sake and other foods.

  4. 一、Norito-soujyou - Reading of sacred words

    Bride and groom from this point on become spouses, they appeal to the Kami-sama, they give thanks to the Kami-sama and pray for a long, happy life together.

  5. 一、Sankon-no-gi - Exchanging of nuptial cups

    Together a large, middle-sized and small cup of sake is drank and the spouses then promise to love each other.

    • First, the groom drinks the small cup, then the bride drinks the small cup.
    • Next, the bride drinks the middle cup, then the groom drinks the middle cup
    • Last, the groom drinks the large cup, then the bride drinks the large cup.
  6. 一、Mikushi-azuke-no-gi - Entrusting of the comb

    The bride entrusts a comb,a symbol of a woman in ancient ages,to the groom. With this,they are united as one and promise to trust and help each other in their new life going forward. This is a unique rite in Akasaka Hikawa.

    • This rite is based on the myth when Susanoo-no-mikoto,the ancient god of the storm enshrined in Akasaka Hikawa,defeated Yamata-no-orochi,the dragon serpent with eight heads and eight tails,to save Kushiinadahime-no-mikoto,the goddess also enchrined in Akasaka Hikawa. When Susanoo-no-mikoto was to face Yamata-no-orochi,he changed Kushiinadahime-no-mikoto into the comb and put her into his hair. Susanoo-no-mikoto then successfully slew the dragon and got married to Kushiinadahime-no-mikto.
  7. 一、Seishi-houdoku - Reading of the vows

    The rite where the spouses face the Kami-sama and personally state their vows.

    • The groom using his right hand and the bride her left, together they hold the vows paper.
  8. 一、Tamagushi-houten - Tamagushi rite

    The bride and groom pray from the heart and place their feelings intothe Tamagushi, offer it before the Kami-sama and worship.

    • The Tamagushi is turned to the right, and placed in front of the Kami-sama.
    • The bride and groom bow twice, clap twice and bow once more together in prayer to the Kami-sama.
  9. 一、Yubiwa-koukan - Ring rite

    The bride and groom consecrate their vows by exchanging rings.

    • The groom first gives a ring to the bride then the bride gives a ring to the groom.
  10. 一、Tamagushi-houten - Tamagushi rite

    The matchmaker or family representative prays for a long, happy life for the spouses and offering the Tamagushi, worships before the Kami-sama.

  11. 一、Shinzoku-Keppai - Bond-tying rite

    The relatives of the spouses pour and exchange cups of sake before the Kami-sama tying the bonds of the relationships of friends and family.