Tokyo, Japan

A Matchmaking Sanctuary


Shinto row
Shinto procession of a traditional wedding held at Meiji Temple in Tokyo.
Spontaneous Matchmaking Art
Guest at a traditional Meiji temple wedding shoots a video.
well measured steps
A seamstress accompanies newlyweds in preparation for a traditional wedding at the Meiji temple.
Pure Precision
Photographer measures light on the face of a bride in a kimono, during a traditional wedding.
the closest
Photo with newlyweds and family at a Shinto wedding at Meiji Temple, Tokyo.
Photo Duo
Professional wedding photographers in action at the Meiji Temple in Tokyo.
last hits
Tailors arrange a wedding kimono for a photo shoot prior to the traditional Meiji temple ceremony.
Front Trio
Professional wedding photographers in action at the Meiji Temple in Tokyo.
Hands for Everything
A seamstress's hands adjust the kimono of a bride about to be married at the Meiji Shinto Temple in Tokyo.
Japanese Elegance
Group photography produced down to the smallest detail.
last minute arrangements
Seamstress touches up traditional wedding kimono at Meiji Temple in Tokyo.
A delicate maneuver
Bride dressed in kimono is fitted into a car after the nuptial ceremony at Meiji Temple.
Traditional Wedding Procession
Priests lead a Shinto procession for a traditional wedding held at Tokyo's Meiji Temple.
socks and suitcases
Elegance and luxury from the waist down, in a Shinto procession of a traditional procession in Meiji Temple.
A long trip
Bride sits with difficulty next to the groom, in the backseat of a limousine.
Tokyo's Meiji Temple was erected to honor the deified spirits of one of the most influential couples in Japanese history. Over time, it specialized in celebrating traditional weddings.

Yoyogi Park appears like a veritable forest in the center of the only seemingly chaotic vastness of precast concrete and neon that it has become. Tokyo.

There are more than 700.000m2 filled with 120.000 trees of 365 different species donated by Japanese people from all over when the Menji Jingu temple was built, from 1915 to 1926.

The eponymous emperor had completed the most productive political-cultural reform on record, including the passing of the court from Kyoto to Edo (the then Tokyo).

After the leader's death, the Japanese parliament (Diet) approved the celebration of his life and work, in the form of a cypress and copper shrine in the heart of the garden in which the Emperor and Empress Shöken used to walk around.

At that time, the views and the company had little to do with today.

Whoever interrupts the circular journey on the Yamanote line and leaves for the first time at the Harajuku station, is surprised by the obvious predominance of youth explained by the confluence near the most sophisticated and refined neighborhoods in the capital, Shibuya, Omotesando and Harajuku himself.

The Majestic and Leafy Approach to the Meiji Temple

He also realizes that cosplay fans, as well as other teenagers on the fringes of the capital's rigid society, have, in that place, a kind of privileged meeting point.

Right next door, but under the cover of vegetation, there is a tori gigantic. From this Shinto portal of the Meiji temple onwards, a wide gravel avenue begins that connects modern-day machine-like Tokyo to the classical city that preceded it until the great destruction caused by the end of World War II.

We walk through it side by side with one of these alternative clans that differ from other passersby due to the eccentric visuals.

Meiji Temple: the Shinto Stronghold of Traditional Marriages

We arrive at what looks like the back of a wing of the Meiji Temple. There, still on gravel, we find a kind of photographic flank of a traditional wedding.

Tailoring arrangements, Meiji temple wedding, Tokyo, Japan

Tailors arrange a wedding kimono for a photo shoot prior to the traditional Meiji temple ceremony.

Three seamstresses adjust different flaps of the bride's white dress. Then they put on her tiny, secular-style shoes.

Composed of the lower section of the costume, they are then dedicated to the headdress wataboshi that protects the top of the wig that another professional touches up masterfully.

Sometimes the tsunokakushi, a model designed to hide the forelock and contain the bride's signs of selfishness and self-centeredness. It thus symbolizes her resolve to become a gentle and obedient wife.

Seamstress and Grooms, Traditional Wedding, Meiji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

A seamstress accompanies newlyweds in preparation for a traditional wedding at the Meiji temple.

Photographs of the bride and groom and their families can be taken before or after the ceremony. In either case, they are seen as an expression of the couple's future and the session that produces them is considered the central stage of marriage. Okay, the conventional wedding photographer we're used to doesn't make sense there.

Japanese Fashion Wedding Photography

The process takes much longer than the Shinto ceremonial that follows. It is carried out in series which means that the same workers take care of grooms after grooms.

The team responsible for the images is made up of several elements dressed with as much or more elegance than the guests. You have at your disposal a millionaire equipment – ​​largely medium-format – that operates in an almost scientific way.

One of those responsible uses a photometer and his own hand, newly freed from its immaculate white fists, to obtain a judicious measurement of the light on the bride's face.

Photographer measures light at bride, traditional wedding, Meiji temple, Tokyo, Japan

Photographer measures light on the face of a bride in a kimono, during a traditional wedding.

Soon after, this is seated and recomposed in a chair beside the groom. Then, members of the small battalion in suit, hold a reflector, raise a flash that fires out of sympathy, at the same time as the invaluable main camera.

Dozens of family members and guests take advantage of the effort behind the professionals, with their small cameras and telephones.

Meiji Temple Wedding Guest, Tokyo, Japan

Guest at a traditional Meiji temple wedding shoots a video.

As if that wasn't enough, there is also an independent photographer colleague who moves and captures images outside the frame worked to the point of exhaustion, if necessary using a shovel and broom, to remove any and all stains from the memory.

As with seamstresses and makeup artists, perfectionism is imperative. May God protect those temple servants – the teams are residents – from the disgrace of failing in the task of projecting the lives of any compatriot couple or of disappointing the families who have invested worlds and funds in the excellence of the ceremony.

The Meiji Temple Millionaire Weddings

In Japan, a wedding for 50 to 100 guests can cost from 20 to 80 euros, of which, if they include a Shinto ceremony, a sum of between 700 and 1000 euros goes to the host shrine.

In 2011, the average spent per wedding was almost 26.500 euros (at the current rate of the yen), 411 per guest. In turn, the average total return obtained from the guests was 17.300 euros. Only money is expected, and some couples even determine a fixed amount to help cover the always high costs.

Seamstresses set kimono, traditional wedding, Meiji temple, Tokyo, Japan

A seamstress's hands adjust the kimono of a bride about to be married at the Meiji Shinto Temple in Tokyo.

The hiring of the groom's suit costs 500 euros. The 5 kimonos and dresses worn by the bride can easily exceed 8 thousand euros.

As soon as the session with the protagonists ends, the group photographs take place. First, with the direct family around the newlyweds, they still and always on a thick, round gray carpet.

Group Photography, Meiji Traditional Temple Wedding, Tokyo, Japan

Group photography produced down to the smallest detail.

Then, prominently displayed, but in the company of the most intimate guests, in chairs arranged on several levels and in an almost pyramidal shape. Although restricted, the entourage is numerous. An assistant photographer uses a miniature tambourine to get everyone's attention.

Wedding photographers, Meiji temple, Tokyo, Japan

Professional wedding photographers in action at the Meiji Temple in Tokyo.

Only this group attends the religious ceremony. As a rule, dozens of other guests only attend the party that follows.

In the temple, the bride and groom's guests begin by being led to different rooms and instructed about their participation.

Shinto Rites and Rituals that Bless the Marriage

Then they wait for the entrance of the procession that a Shinto priest leads through the outer court, followed by two mikos (young religious women) and by the bride and groom who another helper protects from the elements with a red sun hat.

Grooms in procession, traditional wedding, Meiji temple, Tokyo, Japan

Grooms followed by family members and guests during a traditional Meiji temple wedding.

After the entrance to this procession, all present bow reverently to the altar. The priest intones a little speech and brandishes a haraigushi (a branch of a sacred tree with strips of cloth or paper tied together). Finally, he sings an evocation of several gods and declares the bride and groom married.

The spirited phase of the ceremony arrives. One of mikos brings sake to the betrothed and serves it in small glasses. The groom drinks first in three goals, the bride does the same. The drink is also served to the parents of both and shared between all. The last of the consecrations comes under the shared cry of “omedeto gozimasu" (Happy birthday).

Then, the groom reads the marital vows, the miko read the date of marriage and the names of the bride and groom. As husband and wife, they carry out an offer of tamagushi (small branches of such a sacred tree) to the spirits of Nature. Everyone present bows twice, claps their hands and bows again.

Luxury Rings, Clothes, Bags and Other Props: Very Fauscious Religious Weddings

More and more couples exchange rings. Until some time ago, only a small percentage of Japanese people did. Then, in the 60s, the powerful diamond company De Beers launched a marketing offensive in the country and seduced Japanese women with television and press images that promoted diamonds as a symbol of sexuality and Western ostentation.

Traditional Wedding Procession, Meiji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Priests lead a Shinto procession for a traditional wedding held at Tokyo's Meiji Temple.

The ceremony we witnessed ends and the same procession that entered the temple takes the opposite route.

We noticed that all women hold their suitcases and purses that match the clothes, invariably, of the most reputable Western brands.

Guest legs, traditional wedding, Meiji temple, Tokyo, Japan

Elegance and luxury from the waist down, in a Shinto procession of a traditional procession in Meiji Temple.

The procession ends at the end of the temple and the car park is not far away. Guests access their cars, the groom, to the limousine that awaits the newlyweds.

But the bride cannot move under so much fabric, let alone assume a position other than upright, or get into a car.

Bride is swathed in traditional wedding car, Meiji temple, Tokyo, Japan

A bride dressed in a kimono is fitted into a car after the nuptial ceremony at the Meiji Temple.

The husband, from the inside, and a family member, from the outside, help to seat her in her place, an exercise that even requires the opening of the roof.

Once the distressing fit is achieved, the driver transports the couple to the party to take place in any hotel room in the city.

Bride gets in car, traditional wedding, Meiji temple, Tokyo, Japan

Bride sits with difficulty next to the groom, in the backseat of a limousine.

In the photograph wing of the sanctuary, the assigned teams treat one more couple. Another is led to the entrance of the temple by a new Shinto entourage.

We are on a favorable day of the superstitious Japanese calendar rokuyo. The Meiji temple weddings seem to have no end.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo's fashion

In ultra-populous and hyper-coded Japan, there is always room for more sophistication and creativity. Whether national or imported, it is in the capital that they begin to parade the new Japanese looks.
Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Style Passaport-Type Photography

In the late 80s, two Japanese multinationals already saw conventional photo booths as museum pieces. They turned them into revolutionary machines and Japan surrendered to the Purikura phenomenon.
Las Vegas, USA

World Capital of Weddings vs Sin City

The greed of the game, the lust of prostitution and the widespread ostentation are all part of Las Vegas. Like the chapels that have neither eyes nor ears and promote eccentric, quick and cheap marriages.
Jaffa, Israel

Where Tel Aviv Settles Always in Party

Tel Aviv is famous for the most intense night in the Middle East. But, if its youngsters are having fun until exhaustion in the clubs along the Mediterranean, it is more and more in the nearby Old Jaffa that they tie the knot.
Tokyo, Japan

The Endless Night of the Rising Sun Capital

Say that Tokyo do not sleep is an understatement. In one of the largest and most sophisticated cities on the face of the Earth, twilight marks only the renewal of the frenetic daily life. And there are millions of souls that either find no place in the sun, or make more sense in the “dark” and obscure turns that follow.
Japan

The Beverage Machines Empire

There are more than 5 million ultra-tech light boxes spread across the country and many more exuberant cans and bottles of appealing drinks. The Japanese have long since stopped resisting them.
Tokyo, Japan

Pachinko: The Video - Addiction That Depresses Japan

It started as a toy, but the Japanese appetite for profit quickly turned pachinko into a national obsession. Today, there are 30 million Japanese surrendered to these alienating gaming machines.
Tokyo, Japan

Disposable Purrs

Tokyo is the largest of the metropolises but, in its tiny apartments, there is no place for pets. Japanese entrepreneurs detected the gap and launched "catteries" in which the feline affections are paid by the hour.
Tokyo, Japan

The Fish Market That Lost its Freshness

In a year, each Japanese eats more than their weight in fish and shellfish. Since 1935, a considerable part was processed and sold in the largest fish market in the world. Tsukiji was terminated in October 2018, and replaced by Toyosu's.
Tokyo, Japan

The Emperor Without Empire

After the capitulation in World War II, Japan underwent a constitution that ended one of the longest empires in history. The Japanese emperor is, today, the only monarch to reign without empire.
Kyoto, Japan

An Almost Lost Millennial Japan

Kyoto was on the US atomic bomb target list and it was more than a whim of fate that preserved it. Saved by an American Secretary of War in love with its historical and cultural richness and oriental sumptuousness, the city was replaced at the last minute by Nagasaki in the atrocious sacrifice of the second nuclear cataclysm.
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo's Hypno-Passengers

Japan is served by millions of executives slaughtered with infernal work rates and sparse vacations. Every minute of respite on the way to work or home serves them for their inemuri, napping in public.
Kyoto, Japan

The Kyoto Temple Reborn from the Ashes

The Golden Pavilion has been spared destruction several times throughout history, including that of US-dropped bombs, but it did not withstand the mental disturbance of Hayashi Yoken. When we admired him, he looked like never before.
Okinawa, Japan

Ryukyu Dances: Centuries old. In No Hurry.

The Ryukyu kingdom prospered until the XNUMXth century as a trading post for the China and Japan. From the cultural aesthetics developed by its courtly aristocracy, several styles of slow dance were counted.
Miyajima, Japan

Shintoism and Buddhism with the Tide

Visitors to the Tori of Itsukushima admire one of the three most revered scenery in Japan. On the island of Miyajima, Japanese religiosity blends with Nature and is renewed with the flow of the Seto Inland Sea.
Iriomote, Japan

The Small Tropical Japanese Amazon of Iriomote

Impenetrable rainforests and mangroves fill Iriomote under a pressure cooker climate. Here, foreign visitors are as rare as the yamaneko, an elusive endemic lynx.
Nikko, Japan

The Tokugawa Shogun Final Procession

In 1600, Ieyasu Tokugawa inaugurated a shogunate that united Japan for 250 years. In her honor, Nikko re-enacts the general's medieval relocation to Toshogu's grandiose mausoleum every year.
Nara, Japan

The Colossal Cradle of the Japanese Buddhism

Nara has long since ceased to be the capital and its Todai-ji temple has been demoted. But the Great Hall remains the largest ancient wooden building in the world. And it houses the greatest bronze Vairocana Buddha.
Takayama, Japan

From the Ancient Japan to the Medieval Hida

In three of its streets, Takayama retains traditional wooden architecture and concentrates old shops and sake producers. Around it, it approaches 100.000 inhabitants and surrenders to modernity.
Okinawa, Japan

The Little Empire of the Sun

Risen from the devastation caused by World War II, Okinawa has regained the heritage of its secular Ryukyu civilization. Today, this archipelago south of Kyushu is home to a Japan on the shore, anchored by a turquoise Pacific ocean and bathed in a peculiar Japanese tropicalism.
Amboseli National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, Normatior Hill
safari
Amboseli National Park, Kenya

A Gift from the Kilimanjaro

The first European to venture into these Masai haunts was stunned by what he found. And even today, large herds of elephants and other herbivores roam the pastures irrigated by the snow of Africa's biggest mountain.
Braga or Braka or Brakra in Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 6th – Braga, Nepal

The Ancient Nepal of Braga

Four days of walking later, we slept at 3.519 meters from Braga (Braka). Upon arrival, only the name is familiar to us. Faced with the mystical charm of the town, arranged around one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist monasteries on the Annapurna circuit, we continued our journey there. acclimatization with ascent to Ice Lake (4620m).
Architecture & Design
napier, New Zealand

Back to the 30s – Old-Fashioned Car Tour

In a city rebuilt in Art Deco and with an atmosphere of the "crazy years" and beyond, the adequate means of transportation are the elegant classic automobiles of that era. In Napier, they are everywhere.
Boats on ice, Hailuoto Island, Finland.
Adventure
Hailuoto, Finland

A Refuge in the Gulf of Bothnia

During winter, the island of Hailuoto is connected to the rest of Finland by the country's longest ice road. Most of its 986 inhabitants esteem, above all, the distance that the island grants them.
Ceremonies and Festivities
Military

Defenders of Their Homelands

Even in times of peace, we detect military personnel everywhere. On duty, in cities, they fulfill routine missions that require rigor and patience.
Kolmanskop, Namib Desert, Namibia
Cities
Kolmanskop, Namíbia

Generated by the Diamonds of Namibe, Abandoned to its Sands

It was the discovery of a bountiful diamond field in 1908 that gave rise to the foundation and surreal opulence of Kolmanskop. Less than 50 years later, gemstones have run out. The inhabitants left the village to the desert.
Meal
World Food

Gastronomy Without Borders or Prejudice

Each people, their recipes and delicacies. In certain cases, the same ones that delight entire nations repel many others. For those who travel the world, the most important ingredient is a very open mind.
Sculptural Garden, Edward James, Xilitla, Huasteca Potosina, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Cobra dos Pecados
Culture
Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Edward James' Mexican Delirium

In the rainforest of Xilitla, the restless mind of poet Edward James has twinned an eccentric home garden. Today, Xilitla is lauded as an Eden of the Surreal.
Sport
Competitions

Man: an Ever Tested Species

It's in our genes. For the pleasure of participating, for titles, honor or money, competitions give meaning to the world. Some are more eccentric than others.
Cove, Big Sur, California, United States
Traveling
Big Sur, USA

The Coast of All Refuges

Over 150km, the Californian coast is subjected to a vastness of mountains, ocean and fog. In this epic setting, hundreds of tormented souls follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac and Henri Miller.
Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, New Caledonia, Greater Calhau, South Pacific
Ethnic
Grande Terre, New Caledonia

South Pacific Great Boulder

James Cook thus named distant New Caledonia because it reminded him of his father's Scotland, whereas the French settlers were less romantic. Endowed with one of the largest nickel reserves in the world, they named Le Caillou the mother island of the archipelago. Not even its mining prevents it from being one of the most dazzling patches of Earth in Oceania.
sunlight photography, sun, lights
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Natural Light (Part 2)

One Sun, So Many Lights

Most travel photos are taken in sunlight. Sunlight and weather form a capricious interaction. Learn how to predict, detect and use at its best.
Madu River: owner of a Fish SPA, with feet inside the doctor fish pond
History
Madu River and Lagoon, Sri Lanka

Along the Course of the Sinhala Buddhism

For having hidden and protected a tooth of Buddha, a tiny island in the Madu lagoon received an evocative temple and is considered sacred. O Maduganga immense all around, in turn, it has become one of the most praised wetlands in Sri Lanka.
Islands
Hailuoto Island, Finland

Fishing for Truly Fresh Fish

Sheltered from unwanted social pressures, the islanders of Hailuoto they know how to sustain themselves. Under the icy sea of ​​Bothnia they capture precious ingredients for the restaurants of Oulu, in mainland Finland.
Geothermal, Iceland Heat, Ice Land, Geothermal, Blue Lagoon
Winter White
Iceland

The Geothermal Coziness of the Ice Island

Most visitors value Iceland's volcanic scenery for its beauty. Icelanders also draw from them heat and energy crucial to the life they lead to the Arctic gates.
Almada Negreiros, Roça Saudade, Sao Tome
Literature
Saudade, São Tomé, São Tomé and Principe

Almada Negreiros: From Saudade to Eternity

Almada Negreiros was born in April 1893, on a farm in the interior of São Tomé. Upon discovering his origins, we believe that the luxuriant exuberance in which he began to grow oxygenated his fruitful creativity.
Fajãzinha, Flores Island
Nature
Flores Island, Azores

The Atlantic ends of the Azores and Portugal

Where, to the west, even on the map the Americas appear remote, the Ilha das Flores is home to the ultimate Azorean idyllic-dramatic domain and almost four thousand Florians surrendered to the dazzling end-of-the-world that welcomed them.
Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Autumn
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

Lost among the snowy mountains that separate Europe from Asia, Sheki is one of Azerbaijan's most iconic towns. Its largely silky history includes periods of great harshness. When we visited it, autumn pastels added color to a peculiar post-Soviet and Muslim life.
Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Zambezi
Natural Parks
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwee

Livingstone's Thundering Gift

The explorer was looking for a route to the Indian Ocean when natives led him to a jump of the Zambezi River. The falls he found were so majestic that he decided to name them in honor of his queen
Glamor vs Faith
UNESCO World Heritage
Goa, India

The Last Gasp of the Goan Portugality

The prominent city of Goa already justified the title of “rome of the east” when, in the middle of the XNUMXth century, epidemics of malaria and cholera led to its abandonment. The New Goa (Pangim) for which it was exchanged became the administrative seat of Portuguese India but was annexed by the Indian Union of post-independence. In both, time and neglect are ailments that now make the Portuguese colonial legacy wither.
Heroes Acre Monument, Zimbabwe
Characters
Harare, Zimbabwewe

The Last Rales of Surreal Mugabué

In 2015, Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe said the 91-year-old president would rule until the age of 100 in a special wheelchair. Shortly thereafter, it began to insinuate itself into his succession. But in recent days, the generals have finally precipitated the removal of Robert Mugabe, who has replaced him with former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The Dominican Republic Balnear de Barahona, Balneario Los Patos
Beaches
Barahona, Dominican Republic

The Bathing Dominican Republic of Barahona

Saturday after Saturday, the southwest corner of the Dominican Republic goes into decompression mode. Little by little, its seductive beaches and lagoons welcome a tide of euphoric people who indulge in a peculiar rumbear amphibian.
Pilgrims at the top, Mount Sinai, Egypt
Religion
Mount Sinai, Egypt

Strength in the Legs, Faith in God

Moses received the Ten Commandments on the summit of Mount Sinai and revealed them to the people of Israel. Today, hundreds of pilgrims climb, every night, the 4000 steps of that painful but mystical ascent.
Flam Railway composition below a waterfall, Norway.
On Rails
Nesbyen to Flam, Norway

Flam Railway: Sublime Norway from the First to the Last Station

By road and aboard the Flam Railway, on one of the steepest railway routes in the world, we reach Flam and the entrance to the Sognefjord, the largest, deepest and most revered of the Scandinavian fjords. From the starting point to the last station, this monumental Norway that we have unveiled is confirmed.
city ​​hall, capital, oslo, norway
Society
Oslo, Norway

A Overcapitalized Capital

One of Norway's problems has been deciding how to invest the billions of euros from its record-breaking sovereign wealth fund. But even immoderate resources don't save Oslo from its social inconsistencies.
herd, foot-and-mouth disease, weak meat, colonia pellegrini, argentina
Daily life
Colónia Pellegrini, Argentina

When the Meat is Weak

The unmistakable flavor of Argentine beef is well known. But this wealth is more vulnerable than you think. The threat of foot-and-mouth disease, in particular, keeps authorities and growers afloat.
Bather rescue in Boucan Canot, Reunion Island
Wildlife
Reunion Island

The Bathing Melodrama of Reunion

Not all tropical coastlines are pleasurable and refreshing retreats. Beaten by violent surf, undermined by treacherous currents and, worse, the scene of the most frequent shark attacks on the face of the Earth, that of the Reunion Island he fails to grant his bathers the peace and delight they crave from him.
Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

In the century. XVIII, the Kiwi government proclaimed a mining village on the South Island "fit for a queen".Today's extreme scenery and activities reinforce the majestic status of ever-challenging Queenstown.