Our Sunday morning was filled with busyness preparing for the wedding ceremony at the Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine (say that three times). Constantine and Akiko decided to have a traditional Japanese wedding at the shrine. The biggest surprise of the day was my mother finding out she was going to wear a traditional Japanese kimono for the wedding ceremony. Aki's sister came to the hotel and "dressed" my mom, which took about an hour to get on all the layers of beautiful fabric.
It was just a normal day at the shrine and a holiday weekend, so the areas surrounding the shrine were filled with thousands of people milling around during the ceremony. Most of you know how short my attention span is, so I have NO idea what went on during the ceremony! We all sat there in "sock feet" and in our Sunday's finest clothes. The picture below shows the traditional ceremonial dress that Constantine and Aki wore:
Once the ceremony was completed and the pictures were taken, we went to the reception site that overlooked the Pacific Ocean. There we enjoyed a delicious 7 course French meal and had time to spend with our new Japanese side of the family. Despite the language barrier, we spent 3 hours talking and laughing with Aki's family. They started the day in traditional Japanese wedding attire and halfway through the reception they changed into their American wedding dress.
This is what we came 7,700 miles for.....the marriage of my little brother. Seems like yesterday my sisters and I were dressing him up....but now we are all grown up....sorta! :-)