Going to a wedding
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I feel like everything has changed after I got to
I get on the morning train to get to the ferry for a small island a bit outside of
I get of the ferry and try to get orientated - the first thing I see is deer's everywhere. I learnt my lesson back in
I get down and see the torii looking back at the mainland in the distance. Next to the torii is the big shrine complex - Itsukushima-jinja which is one of the holiest places in all of
I get in and look at the temple and the torii from the temple where the view is actually pretty neat. The temple is full of all the classic details with small lamps hanging around the buildings and the usual drums inside the shrine. I go up and look into the main shrine - and in there is some excitement going on - a wedding. Hence a young couple is getting married while hundreds of strange Japanese and European tourist is looking in and taking loads of photos. And I am not really keeping back either.
The wedding is very different from any European wedding - it is a lot more formal with ceremonies of different sorts. Unlike the kind of weddings I know from home there are only 6 guests here at this wedding - 3 on the grooms side and 3 on the brides side.
A lead priest is performing the main part of the ceremony. But there are a lot of other people helping out with the wedding. On the left is three men playing flutes of different sort and two young women are walking back and forth with different items and punching the big drum from time to time. The women repeatedly serve something to drink for the couple - I guess it is sake - and they also at one stage bring in the rings for the couple. Finally there is something which reminds me of a European wedding.
After the couple has exchanged the rings they walk back and now they both take a seat at the grooms side of the hall. More sake is served and the two families make a formal toast. After this the ceremony is over and the women take away the different formal items used during the ceremony and by now the couple is moving into a adjourning room - by now it is no longer possible to follow what is going on and I get ready to go on.
Then I suddenly see a sign - no photos allowed of this central hall - ups. I had not seen the sign before - honest. And I wasn’t the only one who had not seen the sign if I should consider the number of people taking photos. Now what to do? Should I delete the photos - considering I probably taken almost a hundred photos deleting them one by one don’t really seems like an option. Hence I keep the photos ignoring the prohibition on photos. And I think the couple should sort of expect this - I mean if you decide to get married at one of the main tourist attraction of the country you must expect strange spectators.
By now I have seen what I would like to see of the temple so I move along the last of the sidewalks heading back to land. I start walking around the main island. Even though this temple on the water is the main attraction of Miyajima there are still lots to see around the island. There are many different temples scattered around the island.
I walk along the different shrines and then I head up the road to a small park a bit up in the hills above the city.
Then it is time to head back to