What is Japanese Shinto Style Wedding Ceremony
Shinto style wedding ceremony is a Japanese traditional style ceremony. Shinto believes the spirits of gods exists in the nature, including rocks, trees, as well as in our ancestors who left great legend. Shinto believes that the gods resides in any living thing.
In Shinto style ceremony, the prayer for the divine protection is given by showing the appreciations for the gods as well as by sharing the long lasting happiness of the two at the shrine where the gods are summoned.
There are many kinds of rituals in Shinto style ceremony, such as exchanging of cups and so forth. However, there is no worry for the formalities. The most important thing is to take care about each other and just follow the procedure with the open heart.
The procedure will be explained beforehand and also directions will be given during the ceremony by the master as well as the assistants with help of an interpreter. We hope you enjoy the Shinto style wedding ceremony.
神道 - Shinto -
Japanese people call gods Kami, which are spirit of phenomena that are worshiped in the religion of Shinto. Shinto is called Japan's ancient original religion, which is deeply rooted in the way of Japanese life. Shinto has no founder, no holy book, and not even the concept of religious conversion. But Shinto respects harmony with nature and virtues such as “Magokoro (sincere heart)”. In Shinto, some divinity is found as Kami (divine spirit), or it may be said that there are an unlimited number of Kami. You can see Kami in mythology, in nature, and in human beings. You’ll find Kami in natural objects like the sun, mountains, rivers, trees, and rocks; some animals; and ancestral spirits. We call such Kami “Yao-Yorozu-no-Kami”, which means an unlimited number of gods in English and means that everything under the sun has Kami in itself. And from ancient times, Japanese people have felt awe and gratitude towards such Kami and dedicated shrines to many of them.
We Japanese people live everyday life feeling Kami close to us and thinking everything is precious in our life. This is the spirit of the religion of Shinto and the heart of Japanese people and Japanese culture.
We’d like to invite you to the world of weddings in Japanese Shinto shrines filled with great happiness and eternal love.