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sawn-off marriages

According to a recent report in a UK newspaper, shotgun weddings are becoming more common in Japan.

A shotgun wedding is not when the woman suddenly produces a firearm from a holdall and forces her boyfriend, at gunpoint, to marry him. No, a shotgun wedding is when the prophylactic fails, the woman becomes pregnant and the couple agree to live happily ever after in eternal wedded bliss.

Many couples in Japan opt for a Western-style wedding. This means dressing up in a white dress (the woman, that is) and wearing lots of make-up (the man).

It also involves going to a church. Most large hotel chains in Japan build their hotels around century-old churches, like this one in Osaka....

A hotel built around a church.

This gives the hotel chain a chance to go into business with the church and make some serious spondoolicks.

On the big day, the happy couple is met in the church by a seriously religious and devout vicar-priest.

Like this one....

A man of the classroom cloth.

The vicar-priest might do three or four services a day, though not always with pregnant women.

Once married, the couple will live happily ever after forever and ever and a bit more.

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On Monday, 29 June, 2009, Blogger LSL said:

I've been reading you for several years now and I always love your posts! Thanks :)  

On Monday, 29 June, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

You didn't see fit to put a Mr Black Box over the priest's pink tie? Dear dear...

And you were invited to this wedding weren't you? These photos have a "weirdo trying to bluff his way into a random wedding" feeling about them. :P  

On Monday, 29 June, 2009, Blogger Angelo said:

I love the priests in these things. All so religious and deeply knowledgeable of god and stuff! AH AH!  

On Wednesday, 01 July, 2009, Blogger F said:

I miss Umeda. I lived in front of the Monterey Hotel.
Yet the trend for western marriages is not a new one.  

On Sunday, 05 July, 2009, Blogger Muza-chan said:

Funny... Oh, but that hotel is one of the worst architectures I've seen recently.  

On Wednesday, 29 July, 2009, Anonymous Ksan (S2) said:

It was the copula verb that got them into this in the first place.  

On Saturday, 01 August, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

dekichatta kekkon... very enjoying work to read...funny but real..i liked your description of the white wedding dress and the make-up...i'll surely start reading your posts.  

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