Economia da Religião

The economics of (xintoist) religion

Would you sell me a Xinto marriage ceremony? Thanks a lot.

The all-inclusive package designed for newlyweds now costs about 162,000 New Taiwan dollars (around 590,000 yen), and the price of a five-day combo set jumps to nearly NT$ 300,000 with a banquet in addition to a honeymoon being included.

Lee sees great potential in the business, especially after Japan extended a visa-free policy for Taiwanese tourists.

“More relatives are willing to fly to Japan to attend weddings and travel around,” said Lee, who plans to place more couples in Tokyo and Kyoto in the near future.

In Kibune Shrine in the ancient capital, about 10 friends from both sides gathered for Lin and Chan’s Shinto wedding, which stressed the exquisite art of marriage etiquette rather than the sumptuous repast highlighted in modern-day Chinese celebrations.

“It is an unforgettable experience, which we think will remind us that we should strive to keep our commitments to each other,” Lin said.


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