Japanese wedding vows

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Have you ever wondered what vows at a Japanese wedding ceremony? What are the differences between Western and Japanese votes? This article will share the translation and study all the details of a Japanese wedding vow.

There are several ways to make wedding vows in Japanese; this article will look at wedding vows in the Western-style. In traditional Japanese marriage, the Japanese read their wishes and thanks, mostly universal or personal.

In Western weddings, in addition to the option for the couple to read their vows, it is common for the person performing the ceremony to read them and then the groom or bride repeat them or confirm the vows by saying “Hai Chikaimasu” [はい誓います].

Japanese wedding vows

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The traditional Japanese wedding vow

The vows below are usually read by the director of the Western-style wedding ceremony, where the groom repeats each sentence. Then it is reread, where the bride repeats the phrases.

The only difference between the bride and groom's wedding vows is in the word josei [女性] which means woman, where in the bride's vows it changes to danced [男性] which means man.

  • 私はこの女性と結婚し
  • 夫婦となろうとしています。
  • 私は健康な時も
  • そうでない時も
  • この人を愛し
  • この人を敬い
  • この人を慰め
  • この人を助け
  • 私の命の限り
  • 固く節操を守ることを
  • 誓います。

Watakushi wa kono josei [dansei] to kekkonshi 
Fufu to narou to shite imasu 
Watakushi wa kenkouna tokimo 
Soudenai tokimo 
Kono hito o aishi 
Kono hito or uyamai 
Kono hito or nagusame 
Kono hito o tasuke 
Watakushi no inochi no kagiri 
Kataku sessou o mamoru koto o 
Chikai masu. 

The second type of vow is read by the performer of the ceremony and confirmed by the bride and groom saying Hai Chikaimasu. One of the differences in this vow is in the words groom who is shinrou [新郎] and bride who is shinpu [新婦].

Japanese votes:

しんろう [しんぷ]、(お名前), あなたはこの女性と結婚し、夫婦[女性]となろうとしております。 
あなた は 、 (けんこう) な とき 、 、 そう とき 、 この 人 愛し 人 を を (うやま) い 、 人 を (なぐさ) め この を 助 (たす) け、その命(いのち)の限(かぎ)りかたく節操(せっそう)を守ることを誓(ちか)いますか?

Votes in Romanized Japanese:

Shinro, (groom's name), anata wa kono jyosei to kekkonshi fuufu to naru to shite orimasu. 
Anata wa, kenko na tokimo, soudenai tokimo, kono hito o aishi, kono hito o uyamai, kono hito o nagusame, kono hito o tasukete, sono inochi no kagiri kataku sessou o mamoru koto o chikaimasu ka? 

Japanese wedding vows

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Studying Japanese Wedding Vows

Now that you've seen the Japanese vows written in romaji, let's look at the votes written in Japanese with ideograms and study it sentence by sentence, similar to our articles on breaking up songs.

Watakushi wa kono josei [dansei] to kekkonshi
I married this woman
  • 私 – Me;
  • この – That;
  • 女性 – Woman;
  • 結婚し – Marriage;
Fufu to narou to shite imasu
We are becoming a couple
  • 夫婦 – Couple, husband and wife;
  • なろう – Become;
  • なろうとして – Trying to become;
Watakushi wa kenkouna tokimo
I, even in the time of health
  • 健康 – health, healthy
  • 時 - time
  • も – also
Soudenai tokimo
Even in time without her (health)
  • そうでない – Not having
Kono hito o aishi
I will love this person
  • この – This
  • 人 – Person
  • 愛し – to love
Kono hito or uyamai
I will respect that person
  • 敬い – respect, honor, esteem
Kono hito or nagusame
I will comfort that person
  • 慰め – to comfort, console
Kono hito o tasuke
I will help this person
  • 助け – help, succor, support, support, reinforce, assist
Watakushi no inochi no kagiri
during my life
  • 命 - life
  • 限り- limit, as far as possible, to the maximum, unless, so far as only
ataku sessou o mamoru koto o
protect fidelity
  • 固く – strong, firm
  • 節操 – constancy; integrity; faithfulness; principle, honor
  • 守る – protect
Chikai masu.
  • 誓います – I promise, I swear!

These were the Japanese vows of a Western wedding. Did you find it a little different from Portuguese? I hope you enjoyed the article, if you liked it share and leave your comments.

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