Last Friday Adam, my business partner and co-owner of Smith’s School of English Sakai Higashi and Nakamozu franchises, held his wedding party in Osaka Castle Park(大阪城公園). It was a fantastic day for all in attendance.
Adam and his lovely wife Mayumi had a traditional Japanese style ceremony in the castles’ shrine. This was especially interesting for me and the other guests who had made their way from Australia and other parts of the world. None of us had ever… seen, let alone been part of such a celebration. Mayumi wore a beautiful white wedding kimono complemented by a fantastic traditional wig. We sat in the shrine as the ceremony took place with drums echoing and a Japanese flute setting the mood. With the weather being perfect, the cherry blossoms in full bloom and surrounded by family and friends it was a great start to the day.
We all then moved on to continue the celebrations at a wedding reception venue named Taikoen ( 太閤園 ), a short distance away. When we arrived, a small western style ceremony had been planned, as the bride’s father wanted to be able to walk down the aisle to give away his daughter, as is done in western style weddings. So the guests had the pleasure of seeing both Japanese and western styles of wedding.
After about two hours everyone was into the full swing of the party. All of the guests were then directed into a second party room where more guests and some of our schools’ students also awaited to enjoy yet another party. There was a full buffet style meal served complimented with dancing and drinks flowing well into the night.
It was a big day, one I won’t forget in a hurry. Congratulations again Adam and Mayumi. All the best in your future together.
Smith’s School of English Sakai Higashi and Nakamozu