Friday, 14 April 2006

Hakone photos


The architecture was an amazing crossover of Victorian Western design and traditional Japanese, with a dash of China thrown in for good measure. It reminded more of Shanghai than Japan.





The surrounding parks and garden were beautiful - winding pathways, waterfalls, a watermill, cherry blossom... and the ubiquitous carp.




Appearance of the bride.





My daughter Seren spies on the rehearsals.




It was a simple, but elegant service. The vicar(?) was a Brit, and gave a sermon in stumbling Japanese that no one could understand, but which seemed to be all about "love". God barely got a mention, unsurprising in this heartland of Shintoism.

We were a small crowd, but included the bride's grandparents (Seren's great-grandparents) who came all the way up from Takamatsu in Shikoku to attend.


Water god.




I'll spare you the endless family groupings and smiling faces. I only wish we were there longer with time for me to sketch.

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