Crashing A Wedding At Chion-in Temple
If you thought I was finished writing about our trip to Japan last September, you would be wrong. There’s still material for a few more posts, including this one.
Another Buddhist Temple we visited while in Kyoto was Chion-in. Chion-in is the headquarters of Jodo Buddhism, also known as Pure Land Buddhism. I’m not going to embarrass myself by trying to explain Jodo Buddhism, I’ll just say it’s a significant sect founded more than 800 years ago.
Chion-in’s history goes back to the 13th century, but the current buildings were erected about 350 years ago.
We didn’t really crash a wedding at Chion-in, but we did observe a wedding party arrive, apparently to pray at the temple.
I’m guessing this is the bride. It was interesting that the men wore Western suits, but the women wore mostly traditional Japanese clothes.
My nephew Aaron lives in Japan and his wife Mihoshi is Japanese. When they got married they had both a Western-style and a traditional Japanese wedding, which is apparently not so unusual.
Here’s a story about my nephew’s wedding. There is a ceremony where the families of the bride and groom meet and exchange gifts. My brother Richard and his wife Diane asked Mihoshi what sort of gift would be appropriate. Reflecting traditional Japanese modesty, Mihoshi responded that the gift shouldn’t be anything special – just a token.
Richard and Diane took Mihoshi’s response at face value. And so, during the gift exchange ceremony, Mihoshi’s parents provided Richard and Diane with a beautiful crystal vase that must have cost a pretty penny. And in return, my brother and his wife offered: a box of girl scout cookies.
Fortunately, this clash of cultures had no lasting effect on Aaron and Mihoshi’s happy marriage.
Oh, and one other thing – the newest winner of the Garden Book Giveaway is Rose of Prairie Rose’s Garden. The aldermen found her story of the runaway rototiller to be highly entertaining.