Posts Tagged ‘marriage’

Changing tax class

April 12, 2007

Changing the tax class after getting married was a lot easier than I expected. All I had to do was go down to the KVR with the translation of the wedding certificate, our passports, and our current tax cards

The nice man in the office made the relevant changes in the system and updated the tax cards while I waited, and I didn’t have to pay anything.

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Wedding Photos – Part 3 – The Reception Party

March 22, 2007

After the wedding ceremony we had our reception party at the Matsukou restaurant, which is not far from the temple.

The meal consisted of 12 courses of Japanese dishes. The restaurant had tried to tailor the food to western tastes, but still there were a few things that not all the guests could eat.

Instead of having a cake, we had a big barrel of sake that we opened with hammers together with our parents.

Wedding Photos – Part 2

March 22, 2007

Here are some more photos including one from the ceremony and a few taken outside shortly afterwards. We don’t have many photos from the actual ceremony due to a misunderstanding about when cameras were allowed.

Translation of the Wedding Certificate

March 21, 2007

Before we can register our marriage in Germany, and therefore take advantage of the better tax rates, we need to get an official translation of our Kosekitouhon (family register) that was issued by the town hall in Japan.

Normally in Japan you don’t get a “wedding certificate”; instead they issue a new Kosekitouhon, removing the bride from the existing one for her family. We also got a separate certificate that we need to submit to the British consulate, but it’s the Kosekitouhon that we have to get translated for the German authorities.

The Japanese Consulate-General in Munich will do the translation within a week, for a fee of 9 Euros.

Wedding Photos – Part 1

March 15, 2007

It’s done. We’re married.

We had a fantastic wedding – mostly down to the all the time and effort Junko spent on the planning and organisation. The weather on the day couldn’t have been better – bright and sunny. It seems we were quite lucky – the following week was cold and apparently it even snowed on one day.

We’ve got loads of photos but not had time to go through them properly yet. The “official” photographer kindly gave us a CD with a few snapshots that he took before and after the ceremony.

I’ll be putting up some of the photos from my camera as soon as I’ve had time to go through them and sort out the good ones, and hopefully also a few pictures from our friends if we can get hold of copies.

Paperwork for getting married in Japan

January 24, 2007

As a British citizen getting married in Japan, you need to provide the following paperwork when you go to the town hall to sign the forms for the legal marriage.

  • Birth certificate, and translation
  • Passport, and translation
  • Certificate of No Impediment

The translations of the birth certificate and passport apparently don’t need to be done by a certified translator. You can just get your partner to translate them.

Getting the Certificate of No Impediment (CNI) requires slightly more effort, specially when you’re not resident in Japan. The CNI has to be issued by the British Consulate responsible for your place of residence abroad (i.e. Munich in my case) and then forwarded to the Consulate in Japan – Osaka or Tokyo depending on where the marriage will take place. The Consulate in Japan will then issue the CNI in Japanese and post it on to your address in Japan (assuming you have one; I guess you have to pick it up in person otherwise).

Another complication to getting the CNI is that the consular officer might want to see some kind of proof that the Japanese partner is not already married. In this case you need to get hold of a copy of her/his Kosekitouhon (family register) from his/her local town hall.

Our CNI was issued with no problems, and now we’re all set to get married in Japan later this year. While we were there for Christmas and New Year we finalised the plans for the temple ceremony, clothing, and the reception party. Some pictures will follow later.