Daily Myth:Japanese- Fox’s Wedding

Fox's Wedding Procession

Fox’s Wedding Procession

Sorry, this is going to be a really short one. As always if anyone knows who the artists of art may be, please tell me.

The Fox’s Wedding or Kitsune no Yomeiri is said to occur during sun showers. A sun shower is a weather phenomenon in which there is rain falling, yet the sun is outshining. The idea stems from the fact that rain and sunshine at the same time seems impossible. Since foxes are known to be trickster animals in the Japanese culture, the idea of a sun shower is that the foxes are playing a trick.

Photo via Japan Specialist

Photo via Japan Specialist

When foxes had marriage ceremonies, they would make it rain so as to keep the humans from going up the mountain and witnessing the marriage. Yet, they would want it to be sunny so as to have a nice ceremony.

In one story, an elderly man helped a young little fox. Several years later, the fox thanked the man by inviting him to his wedding. The old man was greeted one sunny day by a sudden rain fall and a marriage procession.

If a wedding takes place at night, then instead of rain, a person will be met with floating lanterns and ghost lights.

There are many old wives’s tales about how one can see a fox wedding. Also a Fox Wedding can also occur between a human and a fox.

The sun shower has got to be my very favorite way for it to rain. It is just so gorgeous. And, most of all, I just love to think that it is part of wedding of foxes. It is just so magical!!!

If you wanna know more, check out this website: http://www.japan-talk.com/jt/new/japanese-fox-weddings

-Blog Barista




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