A new couple celebrates a wedding in a cultural site

A new couple celebrates a wedding in a cultural site

On April 21, Yasufumi and Hijiri Koyama held a double-ring ceremony wearing ryuso at the cultural property Furusato En, in Okinawa City.

April 26, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 21, a Ryukyuan style wedding was held in Furusato En, a traditional Ryukyuan house registered as a Japanese cultural property located in the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Okinawa City. The reception was then held at the World Heritage Site Nakagusuku Castle in Nakagusuku Town. The couple getting married was Yasushi and Hijiri Koyama from Yokohama. They commented, “It is marvelous to be able to have our wedding at such a cultural treasure site. We are very happy.”

The bride’s mother was born in Okinawa City. The bridal couple wore ryuso or Ryukyuan kimono and had the wedding ceremony to the sound of the sanshin at Furusato En. Yasushi said his vows, “Let’s have a loving family together.” Hijiri said, “I hope we can stay in love with each other forever.”
After the ceremony, they moved to Nakagusuku Castle where the wedding party was welcomed by the eisa dancing of Nakagukusu Gosamaru Daiko. They took a commemorative photograph afterwards.

The wedding was organized by the Uruma Real Wedding Committee and tourism officials, and the cultural association of the Nakagusuku Municipal Office and the administrative office of Nakagusuku Castle also cooperated in the running of the event.

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

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