Sketches of International Marriage

Brides and grooms from foreign countries are making up an increasing number of newlyweds in Japan. In 2015 transnational unions accounted for around 20,000 of the 640,000 couples that tied the knot. With international marriage increasingly in the spotlight, talks with several wedded pairs about the ins and outs of cross-border matrimony. (Banner photo ©Yamada Shinji.)

Embracing Each New Day: Marriage, Japanese-Egyptian Style

For our third installment on international marriage, we visit a Japanese and Egyptian couple living with their four children in Chiba Prefecture. Over nearly 15 years of marriage the pair, joined together in Islamic faith, have overcome language and culture differences and fled regional turmoil while working to build a bright future for their family.

Cross-Cultural Ties: Matrimony Through the Eyes of a Japanese and South Korean Couple

In our second installment on international marriage, we visit a Japanese and South Korean couple with two young daughters to catch a glimpse of their approach to romance and learn about their recipe for building a happy mixed-culture family.

Rushing to the Altar: International Newlyweds Set Out as Parents

In the first installment of our series on international marriage we sit down with Canadian and Japanese couple Corey and Ryō Procopio. The newlyweds share their hopes and fears about work, family, and a new life together as they set off down the road as both spouses and new parents.

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