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I flew from Johannesburg to Zurich via Doha by Qatar Airways, and as soon as I arrived in Zurich's international airport, Jonas came to greet me there. He is the boyfriend and will be the husband of my Japanese friend Yumemi.
We took a local train from the airport to Winterthur where Yumemi and Jonas were having their wedding over the weekend.

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The weather was fine in Winterthur. It was dry and hot during the day but it cooled down a bit at night.
The photo below shows Jonas's friends' flat where I crash while in Winterthur for free of charge. Lucky me!

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As a shabby backpacker to suddenly attend someone's wedding required me to make one effort in particular. It was to ask my mum to send me my suit, tie, shirt, and shinning leather shoes from Japan, all of which I hadn't worn for more than two years. Fortunately (after Skyping with my mum for a few times in advance), I got them all here in Winterthur just for the wedding. The photo below shows Yumemi in kimono and me. She looks fabulous!

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In the past I've attended my friends' weddings in USA, in Belgium, in Australia and many in Japan. Each one of them was different from others, depending on their nationalities, their religions, their budgets, etc. I always enjoy taking part of it and observing how things take place then.

Yumemi and Jonas's wedding was a little unique in a way that they seemed to have no religious thing involved, but an official sign-up to be made in front of the municipality and us. It only took half an hour or so. A new Swiss-style, I guess (?)

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Their wedding ceremony turned out to be super-simple, but little did all of the participants in this ceremony know that the after-party was about to go off like big fireworks at a very nice cottage located just outside Winterthur.
The photo below shows Jonas and Yumemi just after the official sign-up. They are married now!

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What I found really good in their after-party was that the whole cottage with a nice backyard was rented over the weekend for us. There were a big kitchen with all kitchen equipment, tables and chairs in a big living room, three bathrooms, and many bedrooms upstairs in which we would eventually crash for the night. No drink and drive!

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The party was fun. Everybody was quiet in the beginning, but we became louder and louder with music, lots of food, desserts, beer, wine, and laughter.

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After midnight the party eventually turned into karaoke with dancing and it seemed to go on forever. I stayed up till 2am or so but felt too old to keep up with young ones. Hahaha! Yumemi and Jonas were still having a great time.

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Happy wedding to Yumemi and Jonas.
Thank you very very much for having me today.

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