The popularity of Christian-style wedding ceremonies in
A central theme of this document is the question: "To what extent are these Christian-style weddings actually Christian?". Some say not at all, others say that they are inherently religious. The conflict of those standpoints makes for a toxic mix. When sizable amounts of money are involved then the conundrum of big business and religion makes for a fertile topic area for investigation.
The Bridal Industry is in the region of 2 trillion yen ($17.5 billion) per year. iht .com[In 2007] 70 percent of newly-wed couples in Japan got married at "Christian style" weddings.
The estimated number of un-ordained, fake priests is between 80 and 90%.
This blog is the result of the author’s own observations of the Christian-style wedding phenomenon in Japan. There are evidently many conflicts of interest, misconceptions and questionable business practices to merit in-depth scrutiny. The writing started as means to collect facts and opinions about the industry which resulted from dialogue on internet forums. This paper was intended to assist the author in rebutting false or inaccurate claims which are commonly made in relation to Japanese Christian-style weddings. The points made here are to promote an understanding of Christian-style weddings from a Christian perspective. Additionally, it is to be a springboard for further discussion and action which will help promote transparency in the industry for the protection of labourers and consumers.
For the purpose of this blog, Christian-style means bearing the likeness of a Euro-American, conservative church pattern. Fake Priests are to be understood primarily as celebrants who have not been ordained by a verifiable Church body, and are not accountable to such. Neither are they professing to be Christian which negates the assertion that they are part of the ‘priesthood of all believers’.
This television commercial produced by the Victoria agency (all rights reserved) shows a little insight into the marketing of wedding celebrations in Japan. The young bride can be a princess for a day with all her friends and family in attendance. However, the church environment is unmistakably Christian. When big business and religion meet there can be regrettable inconsistencies.
Are there any other reasons why Christian-style weddings are so popular?
What do you think about the estimated number of 'fake priests'?
Are Japanese people aware of these figures?