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Getting Divorced? Let’s Throw a Party!
| June 24, 2010 | 01:48 PM EDT

Hiroki Terai made an astute observation at a young age: Society celebrates birth and death. But when it comes to marriage, only the union is celebrated — not the end of it.

Inspired by a college friend on the brink of divorce last year, he decided to change that. Like many other entrepreneurs during this recession, he decided to create his own job — divorce planner!

Divorce ceremonies are the latest trend coming out of Japan and you just know it isn’t long before it hits U.S. shores.

Can you hear it now:

"Do you, [state your name], promise to neither love nor cherish this woman, so long as you both shall live? Do you promise to not care whether she's in sickness or in health?"

"I do! I do!”

The couples typically meet near Tokyo’s Sensoji Temple and travel, symbolically, in separate rickshaws to Terai’s “Divorce Mansion.”

There, Terai, performs a small ceremony before family and friends: He summarizes what led to the split and a guest, preferably one who is already divorced, is asked to speak, in a speech that almost always starts with “Congratulations on your divorce!,” Terai told the Japan Times.

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