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A wedding ceremony at Meiji Shrine in Yoyogi Park. Contemporary Japanese weddings are celebrated in a great variety of ways. Many contain traditional Japanese and Western elements side by side.

Traditionally, the religious wedding ceremony is held in Shinto style at a shrine. A Shinto priest conducts the ceremony. In the ceremony, the couple is purified, drinks sake, and the groom reads the words of commitment. At last, symbolic offerings are given to the kami. The couple is dressed in traditional kimono.

We were lucky enough to see several weddings in progress at the Meiji Shrine, where the brides and some of the wedding party were in full traditional clothing with guys in suits scurrying all around with cameras.

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