Episode 339 – Wedding Bells

Mawwiage is whut bwings us togethah, today! Today we’re talking about the history of marriage as an institution in Japan. How has it changed and evolved? What customs and practices have governed it? And what do those practices look like today?


Yonemoto, Marcia. The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japan.

McCullough, William H. “Japanese Marriage Institutions in the Heian Period.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 27(1967)

Mosk, Carl. “Nuptiality in Meiji Japan.” Journal of Social History 13, No 3 (Spring, 1980)

Corbett, Rebecca. Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan. 

Images and Media

The above should give you some idea of what a Shinto wedding looks like


A modern san-san-ku-do ceremony, still a part of Shinto weddings today.