Ahsh Inc.: Japanese Style Wedding Plans, in a “machiya” Guest House or on the Noh Stage, for LGBT Visitors to Japan

Unforgettable memories for loving couples, with full assistance by
English-speaking staff

OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ahsh Inc. (HQ: Osaka, Japan; Etsuko Kawabe, President & Representative
Director) has launched Equal Wedding Japan, an online Japanese wedding
service booking site for LGBT visitors to Japan.


Equal Wedding Japan is a website that offers various Japanese-style
wedding plan packages to LGBT visitors to the country.

While same sex marriage is yet to be legalized in Japan, there have been
significant gains here recently in social awareness and understanding
for LGBT issues. At the same time, tourist traffic to Japan keeps
growing dramatically. So we have decided to provide sexual minority
couples from abroad with unique opportunities to experience Japanese
culture and take away unforgettable memories of our country.

“Japanese ‘omotenashi’ (hospitality) is world-famous and this generous
spirit pervades wedding services in Japan, too,” says Etsuko Kawabe,
President of Ahsh Inc. “We are pleased and proud to be able share this
long-nurtured tradition with couples from all over the world. Initial
service offerings are limited to and around Kyoto and Osaka, we plan on
expanding our portfolio to cover all Japan.”

Features

  1. We cater to the various wardrobe requirements of all LGBT couples,
    between men, between women, or with transgender persons.
  2. We offer a variety of Japanese-style traditional wedding ceremonies in
    different settings, from Kyoto’s “machiya” guest house to the Noh
    stage and Toei’s Studio Park at Uzumasa. All proceedings will be
    assisted by English-speaking staff.
  3. By carefully walking our clients through the traditional Japanese
    wedding’s procedure and etiquette and explain their significance, we
    will help each loving couple to experience and remember a special,
    unforgettable event.

Our Plans

Japan Traditional Wedding
Fantasy wedding at a shrine, with maidens
and ancient music
Price: USD 5,500 or more
http://equalweddingjapan.jp/plans/view/1

This wedding plan observes Japan’s traditional style, both in terms of
space and ritual.
It will take place in a “Shinden,” a genuine,
sanctified shrine embodying a divine spirit. Located inside a hotel,
however, it is not subject to weather and is provided with facilities
for changing clothes and modern amenities. The Shinden’s vermilion
coloring is believed to ward off misfortune from the wedding couple. The
proceedings will go by the book, with full solemnity. You will be guided
throughout the ceremony by an English-speaking MC.
The ceremony
will feature “San-san-kudo no Gi,” ancient ritual in which the wedding
couple pledges an eternal bond by exchanging cups of sake. “Miko”
(shrine maidens) decked in exotic costume will provide assistance along
the proceedings and may even offer a mysterious dance performance. The
whole experience will feel like a fantastic dream.

Basic Plan includes:

  • Two sets of wardrobe: “Montsuki hakama” (Japanese traditional formal
    attire) for men; “Irouchikake” (bright color bridal kimono) or
    “Shiromuku” (white bridal kimono) for women
  • Kimono underwear, “Tabi” socks, “Sensu” folding fans
  • Professional kimono stylist
  • Full ceremonial equipment
  • English-speaking MC, attendees
  • “Miko” (shrine maidens)
  • “Gagaku” (Japanese court music) musicians
  • Photographer (providing photo data)

Machiya Wedding
Wedding at a century-old “machiya” guest house
Price:
USD 4,500 or more
http://equalweddingjapan.jp/plans/view/3

This plan takes you inside a century-old “machiya” guest house built in
full accordance with traditional style. Your wedding will proceed with
time-honored rituals of Japan, within the authentic interiors,
punctuated by the sound of water drops from the middle garden. The
couple will pledge an eternal bond by exchanging cups of sake
(“San-san-kudo no Gi”) and enshrine love in a single Kanji character
(“Ippitsu no Gi”). You may also take home your “Tabi” socks from the
ceremony.
Options are available for makeup and hairdo, a photo
album, and a tea ceremony and a calligraphy lesson after the wedding.

Basic Plan includes:

  • Two sets of wardrobe: “Montsuki hakama” (Japanese traditional formal
    attire) for men; “Furisode” (long-sleeved formal kimono) for women
  • Kimono underwear, “Tabi” socks, “Sensu” folding fans
  • Professional kimono stylist
  • Full ceremonial equipment
  • English-speaking MC, attendees
  • Music performance (“Koto” harp, etc.)
  • Photographer (providing photo data)
  • Meal for two

Samurai Wedding
Just like movie stars
Price: USD 10,000 or more
http://equalweddingjapan.jp/plans/view/4

For this plan we take you inside Toei’s Studio Park at Uzumasa in Kyoto.
This
studio has given birth to timeless masterpieces of Japanese cinema and
here we will turn you into movie stars. You are free to become a
samurai, a shogun, or a princess. We will costume, wigs and makeup as
befits your chosen role.
Video is a key feature of this plan. A
dedicated videographer will always accompany the wedding couple, so as
to capture many memorable scenes. Drawing from the rich splendors of a
world-class movie studio, we will produce for you a singularly
inimitable movie.

Basic Plan includes:

  • Four sets of wardrobe
  • Kimono underwear, “Tabi” socks, “Sensu” folding fans
  • Professional kimono stylist
  • Full ceremony equipment
  • English-speaking MC, attendees
  • Videography director
  • Photographer (providing photo data)

Noh Wedding
On a stage of Japanese Noh- a UNESCO World Intangible
Heritage
Price: USD 6,500 or more
http://equalweddingjapan.jp/plans/view/2

This plan takes place on the Noh stage. Noh is a drama form that dates
back to Japan’s Muromachi period (1338-1573). Some even claim it is
among the world’s oldest stage performance arts and it is a UNESCO
Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The Noh stage, a five-meters-by-five
square, is roofed and open on three sides, with a prominent pine tree
painted in the back.
Noh is characteristically devoid of props and
equipment. The performance art consists of performers’ “Utai” (lines),
“Kata” (gestures), and “Funso” (Noh masks and costumes) with “Ohayashi”
(choral and musical accompaniment). Against this mysterious background
we will stage a time-honored wedding. The musicians will play “Yokyoku”
(Noh songs) as you, like Noh performers, gracefully approach the stage
on a corridor called “Hashigakari.”
After the ceremony, you may
watch a Noh performance while enjoying Japanese cuisine and sake.

Basic Plan includes:

  • Two sets of wardrobe: “Montsuki hakama” (Japanese traditional formal
    attire) for men; “Irouchikake” (bright color bridal kimono) or
    “Shiromuku” (white bridal kimono) for women
  • Kimono underwear, “Tabi” socks, “Sensu” folding fans
  • Professional kimono stylist
  • Full ceremony equipment
  • English-speaking MC, attendees
  • Photographer (providing photo data)
  • “Yokyoku” performance

NB: Prices may change due to forex fluctuations.

Company profile

Name: Ahsh Inc.
Founded: October 7, 1986
Location: Chiyoda
Building 10F, 1-2-19 Nishihon-machi, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Japan
550-0005
Capital: JPY 10 million
President: Etsuko Kawabe,
Representative Director
Operations: Wedding services, Music/stage
performances and Online sales/promotions of wedding services
Turnover:
JPY 207.5 million (Results of operations for the year ended July 2014)
Track
record: 3,500 weddings, 800 receptions

Contacts

Ahsh Inc.
Etsuko Kawabe Representative Director
+81-6-6537-5080
equalwedding@ahsh.co.jp