The photos of the brides and grooms set against the backdrop of Japanese landmarks looked great, but wait--the couples haven't got hitched yet.
"Pre-wedding photography" is all the rage across Asia, where families of the betrothed set great stock in showing off snaps for guests to admire on the Big Day.
The Imperial Household Agency is planning to hold Princess Mako and her university sweetheart Kei Komuro's wedding next year, sources close to the agency have revealed.
As well as deciding where the couple will live after marriage, there are many ceremonial rites that the agency and the couple must undertake before the wedding of a member of the Imperial Family, and the agency has judged that it is impossible to complete the process within the year.
'Keep it traditional' or 'go Western' seems to be the decision faced by most pre-nuptial couples here in Japan, as they begin planning for the big day. For some years now, the latter has been the popular choice.
Of the ‘Western style’ Japanese weddings that I’ve attended here, questions as to the standard of their authenticity were aimed at me throughout. Finding it hard to give a succinct response, I’ve generally resorted to cliche; “The same but somehow different.”, “This isn’t a real chapel and he’s not a real chaplain.”, “Have you ever seen Four Weddings and a Funeral?”.
On April 18, actress Naka Riisa and actor Nakao Akiyoshi uploaded a photo on Instagram to celebrate their 4-year wedding anniversary.
On her photo, Naka wrote, "It has been 4 years since we married. I'm glad I married this person." Similarly, Nakao said, "4 years. It seems like just yesterday. Thank you for powerfully doing your best with child-care, household chores, and work. Thank you for always supporting me."