I’m a member of staff at HARENOHI Tokyo Bridal Salon.
Today, I’d like to talk you through a wedding day I assisted recently.
It was a warm ceremony and reception like their warm personality… ♡
『牛嶋神社 Ushijima-Shrine』 in Sumida-ward.
Sutatues of 撫牛 Nade-ushi ( stroking cow) are placed at some shrines in Japan.
Generally it’s believed that your illness and ailments
will be cured by stroking the statue, at the same part of your body where you have them.
But this Nade-ushi at Ushijima-ninja is not only for your body!
Even your heart will be cleared by stroking this cow!
It is also said that if you dedicate a baby bib to the stroking cow,
and use it for your baby, the baby will grow healthy without any illnesses.
They had a photo shoot and took many pictures before the ceremony.
Then time to relax in a spacious waiting room of the shrine (^^)
三々九度 San-san-kudo (three, three, nine times)
※San-san-kudo Through the sharing of sake,
they come closer together and create a bond of relationship.
It’s one of the most important ritual of the ceremony!
玉串奉納 Tamagushi-hounou… (offering a sakaki branch to the god)
※The bride and groom offer Tamagushi (a sasaki branch) to the god.
This ritual usually ends with 2 bows and 2 claps.
誓詞奏上 Seishi-soujou (Vow)
※ The groom reads the vow in Japanese to the god.
Then 指輪の交換 Yubiwa- no- koukan (Exchanging rings)
The ceremony was completed without a hitch.
They all enjoyed a group photo shoot and were all smiles after the ceremony.
Then the bride took the 綿帽子 Wataboshi (the special white hat for brides ) off
since the guests were curious about how the hair was set like inside.
The wataboshi is so special to anyone ….
After that, let’s move to their party venue and it’s time for changing!
They seemed at ease and enjoyed their conversation inside the car
on the way to the party venue.
Look at the bride!
She was greatly different to when she was in shiromuku
(white kimono which she was wearing at the ceremony)!
The gold irouchikake and her western style hair set
with flowers perfectly suited her!
They were ready for the wedding reception!!
I personally loved her hair style and couldn’t take my eyes off it.
They wanted to spend a warm fun time with their family, relatives and friends.
So that they chose this venue, 屋形船 yakatabune,
a traditional Japanese houseboat.
They took a lot of pictures with Tokyo Sky Tree and Odaiba behind them,
and had enough time to talk with their guests.
The groom’s puppy was also on the boat!
It also celebrated their new start!
It was so quiet and polite, we all were in love with it(*ﾉωﾉ)
They didn’t plan anything during the party,
but to spend time together with their guests.
We were feeling from the guests that everyone was truly happy
and celebrating the happy couple!
Thank you very much for choosing HARENOHI to support your your special day!!
We wish you both a long and happy marriage（*^^*）
2015年10月29日 7:27 PM
Greetings from HARENOHI Nagoya Bridal Salon.
It’s not too much to say that the most important thing for brides is
what to wear on their special day!
we have luxurious shiromuku and irouchikake of course!
Also special design dresses are available!
Within those special dresses and kimonos,
what I especially would like to introduce you to is
『和ドレス Wa-dress 』 !!
※「wa」 means Japan. It refers to Japanese taste or style.
Some parts of Kimono cloth
and Japanese traditional patterns were used for the dresses!
These are so popular to couples
who are thinking of having a traditional Japanese wedding.
Such an amazing mixture of Japanese and Western!
Please contact us if you feel you want to try Wa-dress☆7:25 PM
I would like to talk about 「狛犬 Komainu」 today.
※ Komainu is often called lion-dog in English.
A statue of a lion-like creature at shrines.
Everybody often sees a pair of「Komainu」 statues
when we enter the entrance of shrines.
狛犬 Komainu＝Gaurdian of shrines, often seen at shrines in Japan.
They are placed in pairs but the two statues are not the same.
The one on the right side from the entrance is actually not komainu,
its name is 獅子 Shishi ＝ It always opens its mouth.
And the one on the left side is the one called 狛犬 komainu
= It closes its mouth and normally has horns.
The pair express 「阿吽Aun」
※The meaning of Aun to be in synchronization with each other.
Lately both statues are called the same komainu.
A picture of an actual komainu (shishi) is the pictured.
The one on the right side, the shape of its mouth looks like
when you make the sound 「あ A」.
This komainu can be seen at 代々木八幡宮 Yoyogi-hachimangu in Shibuya-ward.
The face has deep carving which makes it look gallant、but also slightly affectionate.
In addition, it’s holding a puppy by its feet! （´∀｀*）
The one on the left side =「吽 Un」,
the shape of the mouth when you make the sound “Un”.
It also can be seen at Yoyogi-hachimangu,
the left komainu is holding a ball! (´-｀*)
There are many other statues at shrines such as the fox, rabbit, boar and so on.
Komainu is the guardian beast.
On the contrary, .
Mammals, birds, insects even imaginary creatures….
If you visit a shrine to pray,
you should check the reason why the shrine has the animal.
There woudl be a historical reason!
We naturally take the statues for granted.
But depending on the shrine,
the face of the statue varies and you will find a new one every time!
When you visit shrines, don’t miss to check out the komainu and shinsi♪7:13 PM
Hello from Tokyo Bridal Salon.
I went to 亀有香取神社 Kameari-katori-Shrine located near kameari station
where has the atmosphere of good old town on the edge of Tokyo.
The kami(the god) of the shrine is known for worship the god of sport.
So that many athletes and football players of schools visit the shrine to pray.
And the 絵馬(Ema), ※Ema is a small tablet you write your wishes and hopes
Can you recognize the poplar animation
and on the two tablets in the picture above?
The wooden football goal was full of the Captain Tsubasa Emas.
There was a statue of “Ryo-san”
※The name of the main character of from the animation
「Kochira Katsushikaku Kamearikouen mae hasyutsujyo.」
※Ryo-san : The name of the main character of the animation.
Especially in Taiwan,
the animation is very popular and some Taiwanese come to visit the shrine to see the statue.
The way from the station to the shrine,
you will find many statues of different Ryo-san.
It would be fun to try how many statues you could find!
Let’s visit the unique shrine Kamearikatori-Shrine!6:11 PM