Thursday, October 19, 2006

Walk proud

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 10/19/2006
On the train this evening, I took a break from listening to the girl across from me arguing with someone on her cell phone and started reading the advertisements that were posted on the wall. Considering that they were ALL in Japanese, this was quite a feat, especially since the print was so small (I'm always tempted to "help" people out with little suggestions--like, don't you want people to read your advertisements?--but I've been good lately and have kept my opinions to myself *pats back*).

I happened to see a wedding planning company's ad and starting to read through it.

Discounts...blah, blah, dress expo...blah, school...blah, blah...Wait, what?

Wedding school.

Ever curious, I squinted my eyes even more to read the fine print. I'm sure I looked like I was going to have an EPISODE on the monorail and that people were inching away from me. But I had to find out. What could a "wedding school" be?

If you live in Japan, you are probably chuckling a bit (as I was) because...people aren't getting married. They just don't want to. It's not strange for me to be in a room full of Japanese women my age and find that I'm the only one married. Which is strange, considering that I had to overcome various difficulties to get myself to this point, like figuring out how to speak Japanese.

Burning with curiousity, I visited the site to see just what you could learn at the wedding school. The school offers various courses (I use that term loosely) but amazingly enough for Japan, the courses are FREE. I'm sure there must be a catch somewhere--like you have to sign your name in blood saying that you'll use their company when you get married--but I couldn't find the loophole. On the site, that is. Which is in Japanese. Which makes it harder to get the information, unless you're very motivated.

Here are the courses they offer. The website gives a description of the contents of the different courses, so I've just paraphrased a bit. I'm sure they pretty much say the same thing.
  • Self-make course (slap on that make-up and go girl)
  • Wedding nail course (if you're anything like me, you'll get fake nails for your wedding)
  • Style-up walking course (so you won't look like a spaz walking down the aisle)
  • Handmade beads accessory course (because you'll be broke after paying the wedding company)
  • Bridal hair arrangement course (which you'll have to take out before you leave the classroom, or people will think you're a bit odd)
I guess I shouldn't make fun. I mean, I just got out of the bath with E7 (the bath that holds one person) where I sang "Eye of the Tiger" to him. Too bad they don't have a karaoke course. I would totally have signed up for that.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, our wedding(s) 6 years ago! I guess I should have taken the walking course...

10 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

Gina said...

Too funny about singing, Eye of the Tiger to E7 in the bath! Ha ha ha, I think it's cute! : ) By the way...was this the one from Rocky 4? I'm thinking it was from Rocky 4, but I'm not completely sure. Oh man..I would remember something like this (goes and ducks behind the couch now)

I'm thinking I'd have to sign up for the karaoke too. I love singing, but my singing is definitely not the greatest!

Btw, I love your new template! : )

deenster said...

Great wedding pictures! Thank you for sharing.

I think I'll be reading the advertisements on the train more closely now! :-)

Gina said...

Totally agree, the wedding pics are awesome! I love the Japanese ceremony one a lot, but my favorite one is of their other ceremony. The pic on the left! Honestly, this picture could be out of a magazine. Seriously, it's that gorgeous! And E7, he always has such a wonderful smile on him! And were one beautiful bride! : )
You two have a nice weekend! : )

jean said...

I love the wedding dress (and you look great!)! And your husband looks likes he's on top of the world - how sweet!

I'm guessing that the wedding courses are something the hall offers for people who have decided to hold their reception there. We could have done with some dance classes...

bea said...

great photos! i love that you had two dresses - ok, and i'm a little jealous :)

love the singing in the tub - truely a more romantic song would be difficult to find.

Mande's J-Life said...

Like the new template. Did you make it yourself?

Well, wedding classes. Do they have counseling also? Like asking you the 1000 questions you should discuss with your partner before getting married? I bought that book for my friend who got engaged this year, but I sure wish I had been able to take a class on that. Who the hell cares about walking correctly in a wedding dress?

liina said...

Great photos :)

What are the de-facto laws like in Japan? In Australia it doesn't matter whether you're married or not, after 6 months of living together you're legally as good as married...

kuri & ping said...

Thanks so much for your compliments! :) Jean, we could have done with dancing lessons as well...that was the only time we danced together. :)

Mandej, yes, I "made" the template myself...I just changed the color and changed the top banner!

Liina, I am not really sure what the de-facto laws are here, but I think that they must be similar to other countries(?)

Gina, I have no idea which Rocky it's'll have to research that for me! :)

Deenster, the train advertisements are definitely good reading material...I find that they're quite interesting when I'm bored reading the same book over and over. :)

Bea, don't be jealous...the second dress was a rental and only because his brothers and sisters couldn't come to the wedding in the U.S. Although the wig was the best. :)

Helen said...

Gina, Kuri, my hubby (aka the world's biggest Rocky fan) says that Eye of the Tiger is from Rocky III, where he fights Clubber Lang.

I have no idea as I've only ever seen the first one, so if he's to him!!!

kuri & ping said...

Thanks Helen!


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