Divorce ceremonies are apparently a growing phenomena in Japan:
One in four marriages in Japan now ends in divorce, yet it's still considered a cultural taboo. Increasingly popular ceremonies help some Japanese cope with the country's changing social norms, according to divorce ceremony planner Hiroki Terai.Illustrative of a culture that is increasingly becoming self-absorbed on the individual level? Seems like it.
Michiko's soon-to-be ex-husband, Taka, says the idea was surprising to him. He had never heard of a divorce ceremony when Michiko brought it up.
But when he looked at the brochures on-line -- which explained that the divorce ceremony was like a wedding ceremony, with a different outcome -- he decided some sort of formal closure to their marriage might provide him with emotional closure as well.
With a fifty percent divorce rate, I fully expect divorce ceremonies to be the next big thing here in the U.S. very soon.