I went to an Orthodox Japanese-Jewish wedding yesterday! It was Awesome.
First of all, in case you’ve never seen me, I’m nowhere near orthodox. I like to consider myself relig-light. I do however have quite a few orthodox friends. I was with the grooms side, but the bride’s side took the cake! The bride, Akiko, is Japanese (and a convert), and her family (not Jewish) flew in from Japan for the wedding. All the women donned Kimonos. They were gorgeous!
Besides the kimono wearing, the wedding was pretty standard Jewish wedding stuff. If you’ve never been to a Jewish wedding, they’re kind of interesting. The woman doesn’t say anything, she walks around the groom seven times and eventually the man has to basically devote his life to her. It’s actually all pretty woman-centric. Even the Ketubah, the marriage contract, which is usually all flowery and pretty, basically says what the man has to give the woman, and what he’ll owe her (monetarily) if he screws up. It’s actually one of the 613 Mitzvot (commandments) that men need to please their wives, sexually that is. Oh, and they have to buy her clothes! Talk about using religion to ones benefit. BTW, my explanation here is extremely abbreviated.
So, the ceremony wasn’t anything shocking, but it was such an interesting people watching experience. Her family, who really didn’t speak English (a little, but not much), and 200 Orthodox Jews! Talk about culture shock, it was amazing how warm and ingratiating everyone was. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime kind of wedding. Oh and the food! Stuffed Cabbage and Sushi! I ate so much I probably should have exploded at some point.
Meanwhile, today I’m back to the grind. No Kimonos in my foreseeable future. I skipped the gym today, but scrubbed (!) my entire apartment for a few hours, which I think constitutes as a workout. Truth be told, I took that bootcamp again this weekend and my thighs haven’t yet forgiven me. Every time I bend I want to whine a little. Hopefully tomorrow will be better 😉
Omelet (2 eggs) with diced peppers, mushrooms and Swiss cheese
Udon noodles, bok choy and shrimp in a miso broth
Stir Fry with tofu, peppers, onion, garlic, zucchini, mushrooms and soyaki sauce