According to the BBC, its become a lucrative earner for foreigners in Japan to work as fake weekend priests for Christian style weddings. Only 1% of the population of Japan describe themselves as Christians while 90% of weddings are in the Christian style.
Mark Kelly is originally from Lancashire in England. He has been living in Japan for six years and, at the weekend, he is a fake priest.
“I was living in Sapporo, studying Japanese, and I needed the money. It’s far better paid than teaching in a language school,” he said.
Sounds like easy money to me.
“There are Japanese priests, but most couples are trying to re-create a European wedding, so overwhelmingly ask for a foreign priest,” said Momo, who works at Morito Ishi Kyokai (forest and stone) chapel.