Despite the lack of marriage equality in Japan, the Hotel Granvia Kyoto is teaming up with the Shunkoin Temple to offer a complete traditional Buddhist wedding for same-sex couples.
Despite the lack of legal recognition, as no ceremonies will be considered legal by the Japanese government, the hotel and temple join a number of businesses and religious groups showing their support for same-sex marriage despite the glacial pace of change of their (or in this case our) countries' governments.
The Hotel Granvia Kyoto is the first hotel in Japan to join the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). It joined the association way back (for Japan) in 2006 and openly advertises LGBT+ travel to Japan. It is in increasing company throughout Japan.
The Shunkoin Temple is also a member of the travel association, and the Reverend Taka Zenryu Kawakami tweeted a copy of their advertisement in February:
Hotel Granvia Kyoto's Overseas Marketing Director, Shiho Ikeuchi, expressed hope that it would attract not just Japanese same-sex couples but couples from all over the world.
It is our challenge to bring these extraordinary weddings to the world. We are thrilled to offer LGBT couples from around the world this wonderful opportunity to experience the essence of a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony.
I have never been one of those girls who dreams about her wedding and plans it before it's realistic, but... Well... I'm here already. Why not?
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