A recently held wedding in Madurai was just like any other wedding ceremony, except for the fact the bride and the groom travelled 6000 kms just to get hitched there!
Chiharu Obata and Yuto Ninaga travelled to Madurai, all the way from their homeland of Japan to have their dream wedding in the traditional Tamil way.
27-year-old Chiharu studied linguistics in college and is a software engineer by profession. She arrived in Tamil Nadu in 2014 to research the similarities between Tamil and Japanese culture and along the way, developed a deep love for the state and its traditions.
The News Minute reports that she married her fiancé, Yuto, in a small ceremony in Japan in 2017. When her friend, V Vinodhini, who is also her Tamil teacher, and her husband Venkatesh, suggested that the couple have a second wedding ceremony in Madurai, the duo did not hesitate and decided to go ahead with the idea.
Vinodhini and Venkatesh completed all the arrangements for the couple, and they were married in a Hindu ceremony in Madurai on 31st December 2017.
The ceremony was strictly by the book—from traditional yellow invitations printed in Tamil, to the families of both the bride and groom dressed in traditional attire. The couple also completed rituals like Sapthapathi (seven circumambulations) and Kanyaadaanam (giving away of the bride by her father).
Speaking in fluent Tamil, Chiharu said, “Tamilila enakku ellame pidikum (I love everything in Tamil).” Where Yuto added “This is a very important experience for me. I’m very glad we did this.”