Dating rituals of the japanese families
, but I need to mention how huge the topic of marriage is in Japan.
There's a whole culture called 婚活 (translates to "marriage activity") where people work their butts off to find a suitable partner.
Couples are legally married once they have made the change in status on their family registration sheets, without the need for a ceremony.
Most weddings are held either according to Shinto traditions or in chapels according to Christian marriage traditions.
Although Confucian ethics encouraged people to marry outside their own group, limiting the search to a local community remained the easiest way to ensure an honorable match.
Approximately one-in-five marriages in pre-modern Japan occurred between households that were already related.
, the basic unit of society with a collective continuity independent of any individual life.
Outcast communities such as the Burakumin could not marry outside of their caste, and marriage discrimination continued even after an 1871 edict abolished the caste system, well into the twentieth century.
Marriage between a Japanese and non-Japanese person was not officially permitted until 14 March 1873, a date now commemorated as White Day.
If a man saw the same woman for a period of three nights, they were considered married, and the wife's parents held a banquet for the couple.
Most members of the lower-class engaged in a permanent marriage with one partner, and husbands arranged to bring their wives into their own household, in order to ensure the legitimacy of their offspring.
The Heian period of Japanese history marked the culmination of its classical era, when the vast imperial court established itself and its culture in Heian-kyō (modern Kyoto).