“Yokohama, Japland, Justly Famed for Flowers and Beauty.” (sic)
Scanned from a period stereoptical view c. 1900
No listing of publisher, date, nor assertion of any copyright.
Text on reverse:
YOKOHAMA, JAPLAND, JUSTLY FAMED FOR FLOWERS AND BEAUTY.
When a young Japanese has fixed his affections upon a maiden of suitible standing, he declares his love by fastening a branch of a certain shrub to the house of her parents. If the branch is taken in, his suit is accepted. At the time of the marriage the bridegroom sends costly presents to his bride, which she immediately offers to her parents, in acknowledgement of the kindness in infancy and of the pains bestowed upon her education. The wedding takes place in the evening. The bride is dressed in a long, white silk kimono and white veil, and she and her future husband sit facing each other on the floor. Two tables are placed nearby; on the one is a kettle with two spouts, containing sake (rice brandy), and a bottle of sake and cups; on the other is a miniature fir-tree, signifying the strenght of the man; a plum-tree, signifying the beauty of the bride; and lastly a stork standing on a tortoise, representing long life and happiness. Each guest drinks three cups of sake, and the two-spouted kettle is put to the mouths of the new couple nine times alternately.
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