couple of weddings.
took place on August 18th 2006 at the Ota-Ku ward office
in Kugahara, Tokyo, right next to Tomoko’s parents’ house. It was a
very low-key affair.
form (in the important brown color) was filled out, Tomoko put her
personal seal under it, and Bertel signed his first contract that
was all in Japanese. And the couple was pronounced tsuma and otto,
wife and husband.
married, the two took off for Europe, and had a little honeymoon in
Germany, France and Italy.
The second wedding
was the antithesis of the first. It was elaborately planned and
tightly scripted by an ever-growing cast of wedding specialists,
ranging from the all-important wedding-planner to a pair of
background music engineers.
For two months,
Tomoko and her parents were totally engrossed in the preparations..
The theme of the
wedding was “East meets West,” with Western dress for the first
part, and traditional Japanese dress for the second part of the
Western wedding gown, made by British Designer
Justin Alexander, was brought to Duesseldorf and fitted by
Honeymoon, Duesseldorf’s leading bridal store.
kimonos for Tomoko and Bertel were by
The rings were
designed by Tomoko and made by Ishino
Hana, in Harajyuku, Tokyo.
The actual wedding
took place on October 21st 2006 at the
Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. This legendary
Tokyo landmark has welcomed royalty, heads of state,
celebrities and young couples for over 115 years.
guests from Japan, the US, and Germany attended the chapel service
and wedding reception that followed.
father Yoshito Miki-San, led his daughter down the aisle.
wedding reception, was a meeting of the clans.
Tomoko’s mother’s side was represented by the the
Suzukis, who made the long trip down from the North of Japan. And of
course there were the Mikis, a family with more than 500 years of
tradition in Kugahara.
clan was represented by his friends and relations from the US and
a special treat, Bertel’s niece
Annette Neuffer, a noted Jazz singer from Munich, Germany,
joined ranks with
Yusuke Hirado’s band Quasimode and entertained the guests.
Yusuke is a long time friend of Tomoko’s.