Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Getting started


When I started the process of getting married in Japan, it was difficult to find reliable information in English. If you have a proactive Japanese partner who wants to do all the work, great. But if like me, your beau is a typical hardworking salaryman-type who wants to spend most weekends catching up on sleep, you’ll have to do a lot of the legwork yourself.

Disclaimer: the old saying “every situation is different”, still holds true. I write this as an Australian woman with basic Japanese skills. This is my experience. Yours may very well be different.

So, lets start from the beginning. You and your Japanese partner have decided to take the plunge and get married. Congratulations! Time to meet the family and navigate through the minefield of customs and social obligations.

Your new family probably won't look like this unless you've time-warped back to the Showa era

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