Wednesday, December 4, 2013

You may kiss your Japanese bride

International weddings are becoming more and more common in Japan though it has to be said it is more often the foreign husband who meets his bride here rather than the other way around. Although life after a wedding can bring its own interesting moments the wedding itself can provide some interesting cultural differences.

A Japanese friend of ours was getting married to a European she'd met in Tokyo and invited us to the celebration. At the moment the words "you may kiss the bride" were spoken he lifted her veil and leant forward for their first kiss as a married couple. She looked at him and thirty years of cultural upbringing kicked in. She dodged left and avoided the kiss. He tried again and she swung right. Different cultures, different styles.

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