“Amicable divorce is something I admire. If I divorce, I want to have a divorce ceremony.”

Terai last week held a divorce ceremony for his 79th couple — 38-year-old Kenji and his wife Keiko (not their real names) — to help them celebrate the beginning of a happier life apart.

“We’ve been married for seven years, and it’s not easy to end it just by signing a paper,” said Kenji before the divorce ceremony in Tokyo. “This is a chance to clarify our feelings and start again.”

In contrast, Keiko was less enthusiastic about the event.

“I am only doing this as a last favour for my soon-to-be ex-husband,” said the 36-year-old, fully dressed in black to represent the death of their marriage.