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Shinto Wedding

Shinto Wedding in the current form originated from the wedding ceremony held in 1900 of the then Crown Prince, sbsequently the Emperor Taisho, at theShinto Sanctuary in the Imperial Palace. Since then, a Shint style weddng ceremony based upon the ceremony held at the Imperial Court was spread among the people.

In Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, a wedding ceremonies are performed at the Maiden (Lower Worship Hall) or at Wakamiya Shrine. The Maiden is a building of symbolic importance for wedding ceremones snce it is located on the site where thelegendary dancer, the Lady Shizuka, performed her dedicatory dances for her lover, Minamoto Yoshitsune.

Currently, Shinto wedding ceremony at Wakamiya Shrine is not available since Wakamuya Shrine is under construction for maintenance. (updated: April 1, 2016)  

 

~Order of the Ceremony~

1. Sanshin (Procession) 参進

    Ritual musicians and a Shinto maiden lead the bride and groom and the other wedding participants to the Maiden or Wakamiya shrine.

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2. Shubatsu-no-gi (Purification) 修祓の儀

    At the beginning of the ceremony, a Shinto priest purifies the bride and groom, and the assembled congregation.

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3. Norito-soujou (Formula) 祝詞奏上

    A Shinto priest reads out the formula to announce the marriage to Hachiman Okami (deities) and seek the blessing and protection of the kami to the couple.

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4. Kaguramai (Dedication of Sacred Dance) 神楽舞

    A Shinto maiden dedicates a sacred dance.

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5. Chikai-no-sakazuki (Exchange of Nuptial Cups) 誓いの盃

    The bride and groom exchanges nuptial cups three times and drink three sips from each of the three cups of the rice wine that was placed before the kami. This is generally called “san-san-kudo 三々九度” (literally, three three nine,referring to the three sips from three cups, total of nine sips).

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6. Seishi-soujou (Vow) 誓詞奏上

    The groom reads out the marrige vow in Japanese.

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*You can check the meaning of this vow and the Japanese pronounciation follows.
-The marriage vow transcribed into the Roman alphabet-

7. Tamagushi-hairei (Tamagushi Offerings) 玉串拝礼

    The bride and groom make offerings of tamagushi to the kami to vow their marriage.

*see Tamagushi Offerings for the manner of the prayer

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8. Yubiwa-no-gi (Exchange of Rings) 指輪の儀

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9. Shinzokuhai-no-gi (Drinking the Rice Wine Together) 親族盃の儀

    To make a strong bond between the couple’s relatives, they share the rice wine dedicated to the kami.

 

The ceremony is held all in Japanese.

Application form is on our Japanese website: http://www.hachimangu.or.jp/about/wedding/index.html

 

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