JAPAN: San San

In the "Place of Awe," in the Kashi-kodokoro, where rests the sacred metal mirror of the Divine Ancestress, they married.

The spirits of 123 dead emperors were watching, and the Sun Goddess Amaterasu-0-Makimi listened to the young Prince as he spoke the name of his bride. Then Prince and bride exchanged the San-san-kudo, the "three times three," each drinking three times of saké (rice wine) from each of three divine cups. Then they spoke to the ancestors, and the marriage was complete.

Thereafter Prince and Princess stepped from the holy quiet of the Kashikodo-koro, (where only the ancestors, the Emperor, and a...