Rare Vintage Creative Kokeshi Entitled: The Blushing Bride | Yosuke | 1960
Bridal kimono motifs symbolize all the elements that a bride would desire to be fulfilled during their marriage. This doll is from the 1960s and depicts a bride in traditional wedding attire worn at the ceremonial hall after the wedding. She is wearing a beautifully detailed Uchikake, (Brocade), Kimono with traditional motif, (flying cranes, clouds, cherry blossoms and simulated brocading). Her head is adorned with a traditional cover called a Tsuno-kakushi, and symbolizes a prayer for marital accord. Artists signature, (Yōsuke), and seal on the back of the doll. Condition: Original excellent with no fading, chips or dings. Dimensions: 9-1/4”h
Historically, when the family system was strong, most marriages were arranged by the parents or go-betweens who assumed full responsibility for the marriage. This was especially true in the case of a daughter, for there was little occasion for young women to meet prospective husbands. Although the situation has changed nowadays, and as young people have a greater opportunity to meet each other, the old manner of arranging marriages declined rapidly.
The typical Japanese wedding is a Shinto ceremony, but there are increasing numbers of Buddhist, Christian, and secular weddings. The traditional wedding is held at a regular Shinto shrine, or in front of a shrine set up in a ceremonial hall, attended by only the families and close relatives of the couple.
A Buddhist wedding ceremony is solemnly initiated with a vow to the Buddha followed by the wedding procession. After the offering of incense to the Buddha, the couple receives water ritually purified by the officiating priest, then drinks sacred rice wine offered to the Buddha from three wine cups, the bride and groom drinking three times each, symbolizing homage to the three treasures of the Buddha. This is called drinking the san-san-kudo (three times three equaling nine sips) pledge. The juzu, or Buddhist rosary, is usually given to the couple, and the wedding rings are exchanged at this time. After the pledge is confirmed by the officiating priest, the wedding is over and everyone attending retires from the ceremonial hall. For the newly married couple, this is a valuable steppingstone to future friendship and social relations.