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Married, for the Third Time

September 27th, 2008

Sachi and I just got back from dinner with the family. It was a good day. We got married in March, but just by paperwork, and again last week, in the United States, with family. This was, in a way, our third marriage.

We woke up early this morning, knowing we had to go to the wedding planner’s office by about 10 am. Sachi’s family had arrived the night before, and were staying at the Sunshine Prince Hotel, just a few blocks away. We met, and Sachi took her mother by taxi for some mother-daughter time, and her father, Junzo, and I took the subway. Junzo had not been to Tokyo much and was not used to its ways, but stuck to it like a trouper.

At the wedding hall, Junzo and I waited for a few hours while Sachiko underwent the hair-and-makeup treatment. As before, she came out looking beautiful. We were taken by car to the wedding hall (just a few blocks away, but we would have looked odd walking in a wedding dress and tuxedo). As guests started to arrive, I set up the computer and tested the connections. While we had already given the music coordinator the CDs, I had to manage the Skype connection (everyone seemed to love the fact that my father spoke to use by video chat on the hall’s big screen), show two movies I had made with iMovie (a photo montage of Sachi and I growing up, meeting, and marrying, and a video of the U.S. wedding from a week ago), and manage a slide show for the wedding’s main activity–the “Luis & Sachi Quiz.” My brother was among the two winners with 16 of 19 answers correct.

While (I hope) everyone had good food and good, relaxed conversation, Sachi and I were kind of trotted around like show horses some of the time, the staff giving us directions on what to do and where to go at any given time. It felt strange, inviting all of these people to come join us, and then have the Emcee on our behalf ask everyone to give us standing ovations as we stood on a balcony and waved down to everyone. But maybe that was just me.

In the manner of most weddings in Japan, we gave everyone gifts on their seats; in the past weddings I had attended, it was always a bit awkward, as they had to choose a one-gift-fits-all kind of thing, so everyone would get some cookies and a mug or something. A new wrinkle is instead to give guests photo albums presently stuffed with pages from gift catalogs, so they could choose the gift they like, ordering it and getting it by Takkyubin. I like that system a lot better.

In the end, it was somewhat of a spectacle, a bit of a union of friends and family in celebration, and a bit of an emotional release. After dinner with the family, which went quite well, we came back home and had a good, happy cry and fell even more deeply in love.

It was a good day.

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  1. Hachi Gatsu
    September 28th, 2008 at 03:30 | #1

    Once again I say to you congratulations. The way things are going for me so far, I may be doing the same in a few more years. All the best of luck and love!

  2. Tim Kane
    September 28th, 2008 at 10:39 | #2

    That’s quite a trifecta. I’ve got a brother that’s been married three times, but not all at once to the same girl, lol. Once again, congratulations.

  3. Wade
    September 28th, 2008 at 13:38 | #3

    Congratulations again, and let me tell you it was the best wedding I have been to in Japan! (It was my fifth one, but first involving any non-Japanese. Not sure if there is a relationship there, but there could be.)

    I am hoping you will be able to post some pics of the wedding sometime. In fact, that’s why I dropped by here right now! Trying to describe the wedding hall and the atmosphere, and the fantastic phone conversation with your dad via Skype and webcams, well, no descriptions can do those things justice! Yoroshiku, ne, Luiz-san! Jikan ga aru hi.

    Best of everything to you and Sachi.

  4. Luis
    September 28th, 2008 at 14:22 | #4

    Thanks all! Thanks for dropping in now and then, August! And my hopes for the fulfillment of those expectations!

    Hey Wade, thanks for the response! I trust you got the email. The photographer said that photos will be sent out in three days’ time, and then I’ll have to sort through them, but I hope to get them out to people asap. And thanks once again for coming!

  5. Brad
    September 28th, 2008 at 18:19 | #5

    Lovely. My congratulations again to you both.

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