Each year, thousands of foreign residents in Japan marry Japanese nationals. Some do it in traditional Japanese style weddings at shrines, some have more modern weddings in hotels and chapels while others get married abroad in other countries.
Marriage is a union that can be complicated at the best of times and the aspect of foreign cultures and languages can make it an even more interesting situation. In this episode of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O’Shea talks to returning panelists Jim Mullins and Brian Waters about being married to a Japanese person.
How did they meet their spouses? How did they approach their spouses’ family to inform them about the upcoming international marriage? How were they accepted by their Japanese partners’ families? How do they cope with language and cultural differences?