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Catholic weddings in Japan

Posted: June 18th, 2008 11:13 pm
by Taurus
Does anybody know how easy it is to find a venue for a Catholic wedding in Japan (ie. a Catholic Church)?

My (Japanese) fiancee and I were originally thinking of having a western-style Catholic wedding in Britain, followed by a traditional Japanese ceremony in Japan. But since that might be too expensive, we're now thinking about having a single Catholic wedding in Japan as another way of finding a compromise that will be manageable for all of our friends and family. Does anybody have any experience of this sort of thing? Any advice would be gratefully received!

Posted: June 18th, 2008 11:51 pm
by kc8ufv
You don't mention what part of Japan. A quick search reveals there are 16 dioceses in Japan. You might want to check with your local dioceses, and they can probably help.

Posted: June 19th, 2008 12:06 am
by Taurus
Thanks, that's a really useful link. My fiancee's family home is in Minami-Ikuta, which is in Kanagawa, Tokyo. But since there's a chance that I'll have loads of Irish hangers-on, and since her friends live all over Tokyo, I guess the location isn't too important.

Posted: June 19th, 2008 12:13 am
by kc8ufv
It might be a little tricker then, since the church usually uses the local language, now. You might be able to find a priest that will conduct the ceremony in English or Latin, though.

Until I did that search, and found that link, I was thinking I might need to ask Father several questions as to what other churches I could recieve communion at if I went to Japan for a long vacation. At least I now know the Church has many sites in Japan.

Posted: June 19th, 2008 12:17 am
by Taurus
What normally happens in my family is that my uncle, who's a priest, talks the local priest into letting him perform the ceremony. In fact, my uncle might do a better job than me of finding a church, but I thought I'd see if anyone on here had any additional info - so thanks for the advice!

Posted: June 19th, 2008 12:39 am
by kc8ufv
Sounds like you already have the problem of the priest taken care of. Most people I know don't have a priest in their family.

Catholic Church in Tokyo

Posted: June 19th, 2008 9:54 am
by Mike_in_Nano
I am an American and Catholic living in Tokyo. I go to the Franciscan Friary (Church) in Roppongi. The Mass is in English the priests are Western. Although some also speak Japanese.

Here is a link

Hope this helps.

Posted: June 19th, 2008 4:50 pm
by Taurus
Thanks, yes it does!