NARITA, Chiba -- A wedding photo shoot service next to Boeing jets has been launched at Narita International Airport near Tokyo as many couples have been forced to postpone wedding ceremonies and honeymoons amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The service was started by Narita International Airport Corp., hotels in the city of Narita and other groups for couples to enjoy memorable experiences.
On Oct. 11, a special photo shoot was held on the airport's tarmac, where entry is usually restricted, using mid-size Boeing 787 jets prepared by Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA). Local corporate employees Takashi Tsunoda, 28, and his wife Yuka, 25, clad in a tuxedo and a wedding dress, respectively, entered the tarmac, and photos of them in various poses were taken, such as huddling together, pressing their foreheads together and lifting each other up, with the aircraft in the background.
The couple filed their marriage papers in August 2019, and initially planned a wedding ceremony in February this year. However, they had to postpone the ceremony twice due to the spread of coronavirus infections, and it is now scheduled for next month.
Takashi commented: "We are unable to see my grandparents, who were looking forward to the ceremony, and we wanted to show them the proud moment. It was fun to do the photo shoot in an area where we usually can't see."
Yuka said with a smile: "As the number of coronavirus infections increased, we were worried every day, and we've spent so much time thinking about what we should do with the ceremony. I want to show these photos to my parents. Because I love aircraft and we can see them up close, it's going to be a lifetime memory."
During the photo shoot, ANA's superjumbo passenger jet Airbus A380 with sea turtles painted on the exterior was coincidentally towed on a taxiway. The couple had a photo taken with the jet, which left Yuka elated. "It was my dream to go to Hawaii on this airplane for our honeymoon. I'm really happy," she said.
The photo shoot service will be available until Dec. 24 for a fee starting from 371,000 yen (about $3,300), and 14 couples have already applied.
The service came into fruition after the operation of airplanes has been restricted due to a spate of reductions and cancellations of international flights amid the pandemic. An airport representative said, "We hope people enjoy an unusual experience and someday depart from Narita airport for trips abroad."
(Japanese original by Tadakazu Nakamura, Narita Bureau)