With the Japanese economy faltering badly, unemployed Japanese women are going back to an age-old strategy: Find a husband with jobs, stat.
Bloomberg: “I know women before my generation worked so hard and pursued their careers so they could prove they’re just as good as men,” said Reiko Kubo, 25, who bought a good-luck charm at Tokyo Daijingu shrine. “They didn’t have to depend on men and that’s cool, but it’s not the path I want to follow.”
Tokyo Daijingu has come to be known as the marriage-hunters’ shrine, and the number of visitors has risen about 20 per cent in the past year, said priest Yoshiyuki Karamatsu. For 5,000 yen, he will conduct a ritual to ward off bad spirits; the purification ceremony includes drinking sacred sake.