Single, sad? Solo weddings pamper both wives and unmarried ladies
Kyoto resident Tomoe Sawano was feeling low. The 39-year-old was at a turning point in her career as an entrepreneur and felt the need to do something special.
She decided to get married.
No fiance? No problem. She got dressed up and had some photos taken — of herself, alone.
Sawano chose a wedding gown, made a bouquet, and got her hair and makeup done. Then she went to a Japanese garden to have some photos taken. The event cost her \250,000.
“I was really entertained and reinvigorated by this package. It boosted my self-esteem,” she said.
“I had always looked tired, but with the help of the staff I managed to capture the beautiful shape I have while I’m still in my 30s.”
She said the experience, in late May, was like a holiday.
“At that time I was stressed out due to work pressure and didn’t have time to travel anywhere. I only spent a short time doing this, but the effect was equal to a more extraordinary experience, such as visiting a World Heritage castle,” said Sawano, who runs a footcare salon and an art restoration company.
Sawano was the first to try a two-day “solo wedding” package offered by Cerca Travel Co., a travel agency in Kyoto specializing in female clients.
The company’s other services include a private taxi tour for broken-hearted girls and ladies’ night visits to “izakaya” taverns.