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Friday, June 25, 2010

Divorce in Japan (A smashing end to wedded bliss)

Japanese couples are embracing divorce with a twist. A new ritual is becoming increasingly popular among Japanese couples who choose to end their marriages with the same pomp and ceremony with which they began them. The ceremony involves couples dressed as in a wedding with the groom in a suit and bride in a gown surrounded by family and friends. A sparkling ring then appears which in not placed lovingly on the finger, but the bride and groom are handed a hammer and proceed to smash the ring to symbolize the end of their marriage. The ceremony includes drinking toasts to never seeing each other again, elaborate cakes and consists of a string of symbolic acts to mark the definitive end of a marriage. Divorce has been on the rise in recent years in Japan with now a third of Japanese marriages ending in divorce.

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