Sunday, August 2, 2009
Won't Miss #20 - wedding extortion
The wedding industry is a beast almost everywhere that it exists as a money-making enterprise, but the Japanese have added an extra layer of pain to it. "Guests" are expected to pay for a party they didn't choose to throw, but are often obliged to attend. Relatively young, single, fully employed people are expected to fork over 30,000 yen (about $300 USD) for the privilege of attending the reception. Older people and relatives are expected to hand over even more. Most people don't even attend the actual wedding.
I won't miss the fact that guests are expected to pay for other people's wedding parties.