Okinawan couple holds a Ryukyuan wedding on Kokusai Street
February 10, 2015
On February 8 at Kokusai Street and the Naha Bunka Tenbusu Hall in Naha City, a public Ryukyuan wedding was held. The ceremony was a re-enactment of a traditional ceremony from the Ryukyu Kingdom era. ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Okinawa Harborview sponsored the event to commemorate its 40th anniversary. Twenty-four-year-old groom Yoshimoto Tsuha and 25-year-old bride, Wakana were selected among 40 couples that applied. Wearing traditional Ryukyuan clothes and performing a traditional newlywed ceremony, they received many blessings at the beginning of this new phase of life.
For the “Niibichi Parade,” the bride, groom, and their families were led by a flag holder paraded from the Mutsumi Bridge in Naha City. The newlywed couple appeared to be shy after being cheered by friends. After the parade, a wedding ceremony was held in front of the Tenbusu Naha plaza. The couple performed the newlywed ceremony of Nudinuchaaji, for which the couple wore a piece of kimono. At the end, audience and tourists also joined in to dance kachaashii.
Tsuha said, “We would like to make a family full of smiles.” Wakana, who applied for the ceremony, was smiling from the beginning to the end and said, “I am happy to be surrounded by many people.”
(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
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