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Mikitty embarrassed at exchanging vows in English with hubby in Hawaii

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Singer and former Morning Musume leader Miki Fujimoto, 24, and Tomoharu Shoji, 33, of comedy duo Shinagawa Shoji, attended a press event in Tokyo on Sunday to talk about their life as newlyweds and their wedding ceremony held in Hawaii earlier this month.

The pair showed photos of the wedding and said that just family and relatives were invited, but that they would hold a big reception party in Tokyo this fall. Shoji said: “Both our families attended the wedding, so there was a very warm atmosphere. But no one really cried, and it was kind of kind of light and playful – like this press event.”

Fujimoto, known as “Mikitty” by her fans, said: “We had to speak in English when we exchanged rings, and I was pretty embarrassed.”

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I wonder if their divorce proceedings will be light and playful in about 16 months

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"I do" is hard.

If they did vows, shouldn't they be in Japanese since they're kind of important? The speaker should know and feel them!

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Wait, didn't she have 6 years of english at school? What the hell did she learn there if an I do is too difficult? Pathetic.

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She will have to learn how to say "irreconcilable differences" in English soon. As for the vows, the Hawaii wedding is just all for show Saborichan. They go over to wear the white wedding dress and get married in a Christain church, since that is the cool thing to do. But the important event is when they register their wedding with the city hall. And that requires no vows or anything, just a hanko on the dotted line.

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My how cynical you people are! How about just saying congratulations and leave it at that. Despite you harsh beliefs, this could be a love match

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They look very happy together . . . .amybe it will last longer than most of the others.

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i cant wait for the new album. i hope she buys a new microphone

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WMD what did you learn in all your years of schooling? You can type well enough, yes, but can you read? I suggest re-reading the passage above, and re-writing your post. HINT: nowhere did she use the words "too difficult."

I expect your assignment to be posted by midnight, tonight. If you need an extension, please apply through the proper channels.

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“We had to speak in English when we exchanged rings, and I was pretty embarrassed.”

Why is speaking English embarrassing? I do it all the time. Alternatively, I speak Japanese all the time, even in front of a crowd, and never have I been embarrassed.

This was a special wedding day event marking the rest of their lives together, not a variety show.

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Just a thought; perhaps the translation of "hazukashi-katta" (the most likely thing she said) to "embarrassing" was not appropriate. In the context of things, the sentiment was more like "Speaking in English, I felt very self-conscious in front of everyone."

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Hello birdbrain....you were in hawaii where i know for a fact most wedding ministers have the words written in japanese for them in easy to understand phonics, just in case someone wants their vows done in Japanese. Simply...ask.....and you wouldn't have to be hazakashii.

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"90292"... Great point!

BTW, aren't "family and relatives" the same thing?

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Mikitty's reluctance to use English notwithstanding, I don't think there are many here who would feel perfectly comfortable exchanging their wedding vows in a language other than their own. Imagine having to recite your vows in, say, Russian or Swahili. You'd probably feel a bit embarrassed yourself.

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90292 - my thoughts exactly when I read the article and earlier comments. Another case where a Japanese person comes across as somewhat weird because the nuance and real meaning gets lost a bit in the translation. If it had been translated as "self-conscious" it wouldn't have brought any comments. It's like my favorite case, when people commit crimes because they are "annoyed", as in "I pushed him off the platform because I was annoyed". Makes the crime sound even stranger than it is in the first place.

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Her husband put on a lot of muscle recently...hope they test him for ROIDS

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bubbles for brains. wonder if the divorce proceedings will be in english as well.

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Congrats Miki! A lot of people thought she had followed Mari Yaguchi's footsteps, throwing away MM leadership for a fling, but two years on from that, she still seems really happy!

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Japanese celebrity makes me shudder like Sideshow Bob shudders.

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If it was that embarrassing, they should have conducted the wedding in Japan. Did they not know that people in America (Hawaii included) speak English? Moshi-moshi!?

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What an incredible level of bitterness & analysis for something so trivial as a bubblehead pretend wedding.

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Very challenging experience.

"A-i dzuu-uuu"

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I have never seen such an artificial smiles!!!

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They couldn't find a person to do the ceremony in Japanese? Maybe it's a state law or something but there is surely no shortage of Japanese speakers in Haiwaii. Anyway, she should have practiced up if she knew the cermony was going to be in engrish.

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I want to be like this:)

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If saying "I do" in English was too hard for them, maybe they could have said the more universal phrase, "OK!"

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Wait until she finds out what her English wedding vow meant in Japanese: "I promise to hand over all my royalties to my husband and to do whatever he says in whatever position he demands. If the marriage is annulled I promise to hand over all bank accounts to his manager." :-)

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Hmmmm, she said "it was kind of kind of light and playful – like this press event.” Way to compare your nuptials to a press event. Actually, that would be more fitting than comparing it to an actual wedding I'm sure. Certainly more accurate. Uhm... congratulations on your temporarily increased air time.

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Wow .... he certainly got hit over the head by the hair fairy when he was born. What a mop!!!!

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"If saying "I do" in English was too hard for them, maybe they could have said the more universal phrase, "OK!".

I think they should have used that often used Japanese gesture since saying, "I do" was too difficult ... just nodded their heads several times enthusiastically.

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Royalties? I thought the Morning Musume idols usually got screwed since they scout them so young.

Yet another Idol marries comedian story. They usually do end in divorce.

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If the wedding and the vows are taken lightly, then the divorce that is sure to follow will be taken lightly as well.

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Even if the wedding was conducted in Japan, and in Japanese, many of these comedians have no morals, messing around with other women before their marriage and just getting married to make themselves look more appealing, and then end up like Fujiwara Norika who married that idiot comedian from Yoshimoto Kogyo to then just have a speedy divorce. Oshiawase ni!

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Congratulations and I am happy for them, but enough with the pathetic giggly "oh! oh! I spoke English" thing already.

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We had 2 weddings one in Florida and one in Japan, our wedding in Japan, there was this white guy who spoke in both Japanese and English. Why couldn't they get someone like him? I heard a lot of these wedding companies hire Anglo looking guys to do wedding, but I am not sure if they are real priests or not?

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