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Hindu wedding for Japanese couple

It was a marriage with difference when a Japanese couple married again in traditional Hindu style at Bodh Gaya.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 20:00 IST

It was a marriage with difference when a Japanese couple married again in traditional Hindu style at Bodh Gaya, the birthplace of Buddhism in Bihar.

Ishaki Moriyashi, 33, clad in a sherwani, married Chi Matshua, 29, who wore a bright red sari, for the second time. They are residents of Fukuoka in Japan.

"Moriyashi and Matshua took seven rounds of the fire and applied vermilion like a Hindu couple at the time of marriage," said an official of the Birla Dharamshala, which was the wedding venue.

Both were in Patna to organise a music concert for Japanese musician Yasuhito Takiyoto at Bodh Gaya April 9. The marriage function was attended by about 150 Japanese guests, including Takiyoto.

The kanyadan - or bride-giving ceremony - was performed by Kalicharan Yadav, a member of the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee, and role of the groom's father was taken on by Ramsevak Singh, vice president of the Bodh Gaya Nagar Panchayat.

After the wedding, the couple offered prayers at the Mahabodhi temple where Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.

"They prayed for blessings," Yadav said.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 20:00 IST