An entrepreneur in Japan is flogging divorce “ceremonies” as a precursor to the final steps involved in terminating a marriage. Tokyo businessman Hiroki Terai has opened a “divorce mansion” where couples and their families celebrate their decision to divorce in the same manner they solemnized their nuptials.
The couple arrive at the mansion in separate rickshaws. An integral part of the ceremony is the smashing of the wedding rings where the couple join hands around a hammer and together crush the rings, followed by a formal bow to each other and their guests.
So what’s the point of all this? Well, apparently this symbolizes each spouse’s decision to move forward with their lives and to make a public declaration of their mutual desire to divorce. Would this fly in the west? Not a chance!
Even where divorces are amicable, separated spouses rarely wish to share any breathing space with their estranged partners. In fact, the notion of an “amicable” divorce is a misnomer. In my experience the only divorces that are amicable are ones where one of the partners is prepared to concede every request made by the other spouse.