Barrier-free wedding plan proposed by hotel in Ginoza

Barrier-free wedding plan proposed by hotel in Ginoza

On January 5, at CanNa Resort Villa, Ginoza, Nodoka and Tsubasa Kikugawa go through a bed of petals sprinkled by guests.

February 16, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 5, a wedding show entitled “Bride in a Wheelchair” was held at the CanNa Resort Villa in Ginoza. About 150 guests enjoyed a simulated wedding ceremony and a fashion show in which dresses specifically designed for wheelchair users were introduced.

The hotel arranged the event using the theme of “Happy wedding ceremony for the physically-challenged.” It was carried out using a prefectural government subsidy provided under the “Genki project.” Respecting the individual’s personality, art designer Norimitsu Yabu worked on top-bottom-separated wedding dresses that are easy to put on and take off.

In the event, “bride” 22 year-old Nodoka Kikugawa in a wheelchair and “bridegroom” 26 year-old Tsubasa Kikugawa appeared as models. The couple had held their own wedding in the hotel in January. Nodoka said, “It was difficult to find a barrier-free hotel, but CanNa Resort Villa is a completely barrier-free facility, even including the wedding chapel, so we chose to have our wedding here.” Tsubasa said, “I used to be a care worker, so I have many friends who use wheelchairs. I think barrier-free weddings are a nice option for the elderly too.”

Members of Barrier Free Network,NPO also appeared in the fashion show. The audience enjoyed the dresses that seemed to accentuate each of the model’s personality.

(English translation by T&CT, Shinako Oyakawa and Mark Ealey)

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