This piece depicts a traditional Japanese wedding couple before entering the Shrine. Probably it's raining, so the couple is sharing an umbrella. The Bride is wearing a traditional all white Kimono for weddings, named "Shiromuku". White is regarded as a sacred color in Japan and so often used as the color of costumes in important ceremonies, such as weddings, funerals, (and even, formerly in ritual suicide "Seppuku"!). "Shiromuku" means "Innocent white", showing also the purity and faithfulness to the groom, and is meant also to prevent "evil". The traditional hat she is wearing, called "Wataboshi", was used from times as old as Muromach era to Azuchi Momoyama era in daily life to keep from dust and coldness. Then it became a ceremonial hat, used for the symbolic meaning of hiding the face of the bride to the public (except to the groom), until the wedding ceremony ends. The Groom also is wearing a traditional Japanese ceremonial costume, named Montsuki-Hakama, Montsuki is the top part and Hakama the pants. Montsuki means "with Mon", and "Mon" means the emblem of the house he belongs, because this type of Kimono used to have the emblem sewn on it. Not anymore, since not all the families have this kind of emblem nowadays. The color of this kimono had to be black. In traditional japanese marriages the bride leaves her original family to become a part of her groom family and changes her family name. Japanese Traditions 13.5 x 6.75 x 4.25"