The Apple

13 Aug

So, Marina is back in Japan, no doubt getting completely spoiled by daddy and Granny K. I know it’s hard for hub – his schedule over the summer with Marina’s stuff added in is pretty hectic. But he’s manning up, like he always does, and with the help of some mummy friends I think Marina is being pretty well looked after πŸ™‚

Last weekend was the middle brother’s daughter’s wedding. Both older brothers only have one daughter each so immediate family weddings are few and far between. A blessing I guess. If they were running thick and heavy we’d be out of pocket and no doubt soiled in family name.

We were all planning on going to the wedding in September but then it got bumped forward to August so me and the boys missed out on Jet Staring from Oita to Osaka, staying in a hotel and sweating it out in formal attire whilst no doubt being subtly, or not so subtly, gawked at from various vantage points around the reception room – wahooo – the fat, white, big-boobed aunt from NZ with her beautiful ‘half’ children.

And by missing out I do mean boo hoooo I’m really very upset.

About three months ago, just after getting the invitations, hub’s brother rings up and asks if we minded that his daughter wanted Marina to be a part of the wedding. I know Marina gets ‘stage fright’ so to speak, but also know that she gets the job done at the time regardless, so, no, we don’t mind. Plan away.

Hub gets another phone call two days later saying Marina is going to be the ‘ringo’ girl. Ringo is the Japanese word for apple – not to be confused with Beatles band member.

Hub and I wondered, quite often aloud, for weeks about what she would be doing that involved apples.

Not halloween so bobbing for them out of the question.

Perhaps they would stick sparklers in them as table decorations – shit, thats a bit dangerous for a 7 year old.


I know!! Perhaps they were miniature toffee apples to be distributed to guests as they left the reception – this is IN FACT a very plausible use of a 7 year old at a Japanese wedding reception – from experience. I have never been handed toffee apples per say but I have been given (by children under 10 at a wedding) a tea spoon on one occasion and a small bag of embossed almonds on another.

We told Marina, who was quite worried about her impending role, that she would just be handing out little baby miniature tiny apples to the guests as they left.

She practiced handing out cucumbers from her Hello Kitty handbag.

So the wedding was last weekend.

I LINE-ed hub the next day and asked him exactly what it was involving apples that Marina had to do.

His reply….

(waits to build up anticipation as obviously fabulously exciting story)

Had nothing to do with fuckin apples. She was the RING GIRL.

OM fucking God, Jesus mother of Mary.

She had an ‘important role’ and we didn’t even realize because YOU, my darling husband, heard the word RINGO and RINGU wrongu.


A simple mistake. Really.

Tis probably lucky we didn’t know she was going to walk the length of the church in front of every one – on. her. own – holding a cushion with the rings on it – cause otherwise she would have freaked.

Yes, my Japanese niece had a ‘church’ wedding – but really it is all for show so the every popular white western-style wedding dress doesn’t look out of place. The ‘priests’ are usually middle aged white men who work in Japan on other jobs but get scouted to play priests. I kid you not. I am sure there are some real priests but I think for the most part it is just for show and the couples only sign Japanese wedding documents for the town office.

Hub did send a photo and my niece looked lovely in her wedding dress – I still get white wedding dress envy. I only had a kimono (go figure) and regret it.

Anyhoo – RINGO vs RINGU – the difference a letter makes aye πŸ™‚



8 Responses to “The Apple”

  1. colorbynumbers August 13, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    aw hope Marina fared ok after all!

  2. Tracy Robinson August 14, 2015 at 12:24 am #

    At least Marina didn’t have time to stress about her role, I am sure she was fabulous.

  3. JJ August 14, 2015 at 3:41 am #

    Sounds fun in the end! May I ask why the boys went to NZ and she stayed in Japan? Is it going to be vice versa next summer or so? Sounds like they have fun in either country!

    • gaijinwife August 14, 2015 at 10:24 am #

      Last year with three kids was tough so decided just to bring two and ended up that those two were the boys. If we come back again next year I’ll bring all three again πŸ™‚

      • Susan (Eastendmom) August 21, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

        The older they get, the easier it will be for you to bring all three.

  4. Debra August 14, 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    Oh, that’s so sweet they asked her! How about posting a picture ?

  5. Susan (Eastendmom) August 21, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Yes, please post a picture of Marina as ringu. I’d also love to see a picture of you in your wedding kimono.

    • gaijinwife August 25, 2015 at 12:04 am #

      I don’t think hub got a pic of Marina – well if he did I haven’t seen it yet πŸ™‚

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